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It is suspected that 6-year-old Kyeimah Spann was murdered by her mother Samara Spann in their house on December 31, 2004 or January 1, 2005.

Neighbors reported hearing Samara cursing and screaming outside of her house (located in the 10400 block of 10th Avenue southwest of Seattle, Washington) for nearly an hour that night. They called the police after Samara fired a gunshot from her back porch at 1:00 in the morning. The police went to the house & spoke to Samara, but they left without making any arrests.

On January 11, 2005, Samara contacted the Washington Department of Social & Health Services (or DSH), asking them to remove Kyeimah's name from her welfare grant, saying that Kyeimah was residing with her grandmother in Missouri.

In mid-February of 2005, Samara, her 14-year-old daughter and infant son moved from Seattle to California. Shortly after they moved, Child Protective Services got a tip from a friend of Samara, saying that Samara drowned Kyeimah.

On February 22, 2005, Child Protective Services contacted the police in Washington, asking them to check on the welfare of Kyeimah, but the police couldn't find her. In March of 2005, Samara's father reported Kyeimah missing and said he had received calls from various people saying that Samara drowned Kyeimah.

In March of 2005, Samara was arrested in Sacramento, California on an unrelated charge of abusing her older daughter. When she was asked by police where Kyeimah was, Samara claimed that she was with her biological father, but the father said she wasn't with her.

Samara's kids had been taken from her three times on suspicion of abuse or neglect, but each time, they were returned to Samara. Even though complaints had been made in three states about Samara possibly abusing her kids, the family frequently moved & social workers had a hard time keeping track of them.

In June of 2005, Samara was charged with Kyeimah's murder. According to court documents, Samara drowned Kyeimah in the bathtub because she thought that she was a "demon child." She left Kyeimah's body in the house for two days, decapitated it, wrapped in a blanket and a heavy chain, put it in a laundry bin and threw it off a bridge into the Elochoman River.

In May of 2007, Samara pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Kyiemah's death and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. She apologized at sentencing and said that at the time, she'd was unaware of the wrongfulness of her actions.

Kyeimah's body has never been located and her case is classified as her being an endangered missing person.

Kyeimah is described as an African-American female with black hair & brown eyes, with a height of 2'6 and weighing 45 pounds.

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