DCF: Mom Abused Janiya Thomas For Years

MIAMI (AP) — Documents released by authorities detail a violent home life for a Florida girl whose body was found in a padlocked freezer.

In the past decade, child welfare investigators visited the home of Keishanna Thomas 10 times amid allegations that she beat one of her five children with an electric cord and left another child with 22 scars while living in a home that, at times, was filled with rats and roaches.

Authorities investigated six cases alleging physical injury to the children and two cases of family violence, according to the records released Tuesday by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials confirmed during a court hearing Monday that the body in the freezer was that of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas. However, it is not yet known how she died.