5-Year-Old Raped And Murdered By A Kansas Homeless Man In Topeka: Police Is Investigating The Case

A 25-year-old homeless man was charged with murder and rape in the death of a 5-year-old girl in Topeka, Kansas, on Thursday.

Mickel Cherry faces one count of capital murder, one count of first-degree murder, and one count of rape in the death of Zoey Felix on Monday. He was imprisoned in Topeka on a $2 million bond, and his next court appearance has yet to be scheduled.

The Kansas Death Penalty Defence Unit’s Mark Manna stated his agency would represent Cherry but had no more comment. Cherry’s relatives did not return messages.

5-Year-Old Raped And Murdered By A Kansas Homeless Man In Topeka: Police Is Investigating The Case

A capital murder charge would allow prosecutors to pursue the death penalty, but Shawnee County prosecutor Michael Kagay did not respond to an Associated Press email asking about his plans.

According to a news release from Kagay, Topeka police went to a petrol station where firefighters were battling to save Zoey’s life. She was later declared deceased. A hospital medical examination indicated injuries consistent with sexual assault.

The cause of Zoey’s death has not been revealed by authorities.

Cherry used to live at the same address as Zoey, according to Timothy Phelps, deputy director of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, but he was homeless at the time of his arrest.

Cherry had no criminal record in Kansas, although he was convicted of misdemeanour criminal trespass in Amarillo, Texas.

Neighbours stated they phoned the police and child welfare because they were concerned about Zoey’s family’s lack of electricity.

Topeka police said Thursday that they made three calls to the residence in September: one on 5 Sept. for a welfare check following a report that the home had no electricity; and two domestic disturbance calls a little more than an hour apart in the afternoon and evening of 19 Sept. The police did not disclose any information regarding the two calls.

According to Gretchen Spiker, a municipal spokesperson, during the first call, cops determined there was no electricity and were told the youngster was not sleeping there. Spiker said police met with the child and found her to be in “good spirits,” but they nevertheless reported her to child welfare and property officials.

The city attempted to condemn the residence but backed down after the utilities were restored. Neighbours reported that when police returned to the residence later that month, everyone save the mother had left.

One tent and a tarp were set up in the woods near the house, approximately a football pitch away from the pumps at a Dillons grocery store where fire crews attempted to resuscitate Zoey. Neighbours believe Zoey, Cherry, and Zoey’s father lived there, although police have not confirmed this. Her father worked at the petrol station; a coworker claimed Wednesday that he was taking time off, and the company has yet to respond to the AP’s email.

Nearby, a makeshift monument of flowers, balloons, and toys sat.

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