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A Little Girl's Body Was Found Saturday. On Monday, an Arrest

Body of Alabama's Amberly Barnett found in woods behind Christopher Madison's home, cops say
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2019 6:30 PM CST
Christopher Wayne Madison.   (DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A missing 11-year-old girl was found dead in Alabama on Saturday, and on Monday, a 33-year-old Collinsville man was charged with murder in the case. Per DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden, the body of Amberly Barnett, who'd been strangled, was found in the woods behind the home of Christopher Wayne Madison, just over 12 hours after she'd vanished Friday night from an aunt's house, CNN reports. Jail records cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution note that Madison had been booked Saturday night on drug charges, with the murder charge tacked on Monday. Welden, who says the investigation into Amberly's death is ongoing, is keeping relatively mum on Madison, who's being held without bond. "The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation," Welden says in a release. (Read more murder stories.)

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