Missing North Carolina girl Madalina Cojocari’s mother is arrested after stepdad Christopher Palmiter is also charged
MISSING 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari’s mother, Diana, has been arrested by Cornelius Police.
Madalina has reportedly been missing since the day before Thanksgiving.
Cops claim that the girl’s mother, Diana Cojocari, failed to report her daughter as missing.
She was arrested at about 10.15am on Saturday, Cornelius Police said.
She is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.
The girl’s stepdad, Christopher Palmiter, 60, was arrested after he waited three weeks to report her disappearance.
Cornelius Police announced on Thursday, the same day she was reported missing, they were opening an investigation into the girls’ disappearance.
Authorities continue to search the missing girl’s North Carolina home.
The FBI has joined the search for the youngster as police began digging up the parents’ backyard to scour for evidence.
Horrified neighbors watched on Friday as searches of the family home and backyard were carried out in hopes of finding evidence regarding Madalina’s disappearance.
The next day, Cornelius Police announced that Palmiter was arrested on a charge of failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement.
Palmiter works as a mechanical designer at industrial machinery manufacturer Ingersoll Rand, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Cornelius Police have not confirmed if they found anything of importance during their investigation.
However, authorities did say they are still looking for her, and are appealing to the public for information.
Police say Madalina is 4-foot-10 and weighs approximately 90 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown.
The 11-year-old was last seen wearing jeans, pink, purple and white Adidas shoes, a white t-shirt and a jacket.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Madalina is urged to contact the Cornelius Police Department at (704) 892-7773.
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