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    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07035/759319-56.stm

    Intensive search for missing Braddock toddler
    23-month-old girl vanished from her home
    Sunday, February 04, 2007

    By Milan Simonich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    Steve Mellon, Post-Gazette
    Henry Brown searches through a collapsed garage near the Braddock home where Nyia Page was reported missing.



    By Milan Simonich
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Police and rescue workers plan to resume searching today for a 23-month-old girl who vanished yesterday from her home in the old industrial town of Braddock.

    Nyia Page. Search to resume today.

    Seventy officers from the Allegheny County, Braddock and other suburban departments searched all day and into the night for the child, Nyia Page, but did not find her. FBI agents joined them last night in Braddock to assist with their efforts to locate the girl and determine what had happened to her.

    Nyia may have wandered outside into the bitter cold, Allegheny County police Lt. Bob Downey said. Other possibilities are that she was abducted or harmed by someone who then removed her from the house. Police, though, found no sign of forced entry or even any footprints in the snow.

    Lt. Downey said investigators were looking into every avenue possible because they didn't have leads pointing them in any particular direction.

    "As the Braddock police chief said to me earlier, miracles do happen," Lt. Downey said.

    Nyia's parents told police the little girl could not be found when family members awakened.

    Lt. Downey said Nyia's 6-year-old brother told his parents about 7:30 a.m. that Nyia was missing. She and the boy slept on an upper level of the house, which contains two floors and an attic.

    Family members said they looked for Nyia, then called Braddock police when they realized she was nowhere to be found, Lt. Downey said.

    Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for her at 9:15 a.m. Soon after, an enormous police presence could be seen and felt in Braddock.

    Officers combed the family home on First Street. Tracking dogs tried to pick up the child's scent. Rescue teams and members of ambulance companies arrived, ready to treat the little girl if she indeed were found outside in the bone-chilling weather.

    By last night, the case had taken on an ominous overtone. Police sent all search crews to a Monroeville landfill. A trash bin at an apartment building behind the family's back yard had been picked up yesterday morning and dumped there.

    But police said the contents of the trash bin were covered in dirt and that investigators wouldn't be able to comb through the site until tomorrow.

    Uniformed officers, though, continued the search into the night in Nyia's neighborhood, concentrating on a four-block area around her home. They plan to search that area again today.

    The family's red-brick home is on a street where abandoned buildings and well-maintained homes stand side by side.

    Braddock police Chief Frank DeBartolo said five people were in the house with Nyia Friday night. They were the girl's parents, her brother, her grandmother and the grandmother's boyfriend.

    Family members and the grandmother's boyfriend were questioned throughout the day. Police later said they also interviewed a 19-year-old male cousin after learning that he too had been in the girl's house.

    The child's mother told police she last saw Nyia about 12:30 a.m. The mother said Nyia tried to crawl into bed with her and her husband. Instead, she said, she took the child back to her own bed, then went to sleep. That was the last time anybody saw Nyia, relatives told police.

    Uniformed officers from numerous county and municipal police departments began a door-to-door search for Nyia.

    Rescue teams, which included paramedics and ambulance crews, initially focused their efforts on streets, alleys and dilapidated buildings. Braddock has just 2,700 residents, but it contains dozens of abandoned or unoccupied apartments and houses.

    Still, rescue crews wondered how far a small child could travel on her own, especially on such a miserable day.

    Nyia, who is black, is 24 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. She has short black hair, brown eyes, and large scars on both earlobes. Relatives said she was wearing a maroon sweater with blue and yellow stripes and disposable diaper. She might have had a blue blanket with her.

    If she went outside, she did so without causing any commotion. Chief DeBartolo said relatives reported that the door was closed. No footprints could be found in the snow or mud.

    For a time yesterday morning, officers were stationed outside the home, which is owned by Marianne Page, according to Allegheny County property records. Ms. Page's relationship to Nyia was unclear, as police have not provided the names of her parents or grandmother.

    Paul Falavolito, a White Oak paramedic helping in the effort to locate Nyia, said he had been involved in many searches for children in urban neighborhoods. But, he said, never had the child been as young as Nyia.

    Far more typical, Mr. Falavolito said, is the 7- or 8-year-old who wanders away from the house or yard, leaving frantic parents to call for help.

    Chief DeBartolo said Nyia's family had never been involved in any trouble or disturbance that drew the attention of his officers. "We've never had a call there until [yesterday]," he said.
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    CANCEL, she was found dead in a playground yesterday,,,
    A monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time. Temporary catatonic madman on occasion..

    Lightning crashes a new mother cries, her placenta falls to the floor. The angel opens her eyes,the confusion sets in before the doctor can even close the door..
    The views and comments of E-man are mine and mine alone and therefore might not reflect the views of others or people in my current department. As such since this is still America I can post what I want without fear of retribution. I think.

    RIP Eric

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    That poor baby.




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    New Charges, This Guy Needs To Be Exterminated

    This gets my blood boiling,,,


    http://www.postgazette.com/pg/07055/764682-56.stm
    Baby's accused killer faces new charge

    Saturday, February 24, 2007
    By Gabrielle Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    New charges yesterday indicate authorities believe a Braddock father sexually assaulted his 23-month-old child before abandoning her outside to die in the cold early Feb. 3.

    William Page is accused of leaving the toddler in an abandoned playground in Rankin. Nyia Page was wrapped in a blanket and wearing a knit top but was undressed from the waist down in 8-degree weather. Officials found the child's body after a day of searching.

    At a preliminary hearing yesterday, Allegheny County homicide Detective Robert Opferman testified that Mr. Page confessed that he became angry with Nyia because she kept taking off her diaper. Although Mr. Page initially said he backhanded her, Detective Opferman said Mr. Page later said in a tape-recorded statement that he kicked her between the legs, while wearing Timberland boots, and then put his hand "in there" to stop the bleeding.

    He then took her outside, still crying, intending to put her in a sewer, the detective said. Instead, Mr. Page left her on the ground in an old playground less than a mile from the house.

    Later that morning, Mr. Page's 6-year-old stepson awakened the adults in the house, saying his baby sister was missing.

    Nyia's body was discovered a short distance from the blanket.

    James Ecker, Mr. Page's lawyer, said his client repeatedly asked for a lawyer during the police interrogation and was not provided one.

    "As far as I know they kept questioning him after that," Mr. Ecker said. "He said from the beginning he was not guilty. He suggested to the police two people he thought could have done it."

    His client entered a plea of not guilty on charges of homicide, kidnapping, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault and making false reports to police.

    Following the detective's testimony, District Judge Scott Schricker held Mr. Page for trial on all charges.

    The indecent assault count is new. The simple assault charge was enhanced to an aggravated assault because of Mr. Page's confession about kicking the child.

    In a separate case, Mr. Page was charged with groping a 6-year-old boy's genitals the night before Nyia disappeared. A preliminary hearing on that matter is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. before Rankin District Justice Ross C. Cioppa. Mr. Page faces four counts, including simple assault, indecent assault and corruption of a minor.
    A monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time. Temporary catatonic madman on occasion..

    Lightning crashes a new mother cries, her placenta falls to the floor. The angel opens her eyes,the confusion sets in before the doctor can even close the door..
    The views and comments of E-man are mine and mine alone and therefore might not reflect the views of others or people in my current department. As such since this is still America I can post what I want without fear of retribution. I think.

    RIP Eric

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