GULFPORT, Miss. (WALA)– FOX10 News is continuing to ask questions about the investigation into the death of a 5-year-old girl in Gulfport, Miss.
Despite attempts by our station’s legal counsel, the Gulfport Police Department has refused to provide FOX10 News the public records, or even respond to our lawyer’s request concerning the arrest affidavit for a man suspected of brutally sexually assaulting and strangling a 5-year-old girl.
“I just spoke to Chief Papania. We don’t release court related documents. As far as Garcia’s court dates, that is something that will be scheduled through the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office. I know it won’t be any time soon because the investigation is ongoing,” Gulfport PD spokesperson Damon McDaniel told FOX10 News via e-mail.
However, FOX10 News is continuing to search for answers.
“This company takes public records very seriously. We’re surprised at how difficult it has been to get an answer why such a basic record is being withheld,” said FOX10 News General Manager Gary Yoder.
Earlier this week, Gulfport Police arrested Alberto Julio Garcia for the murder of Ja-Naya Thompson.
Ja-Naya disappeared from her home Wednesday, July 16. Her body was found a day after she disappeared in a vacant mobile home.
The Sun Herald reports Ja-Naya was kidnapped. Police said she was sexually assaulted and strangled. Investigators said Garcia lived in the same apartment complex as Ja-Naya.