Dad, girlfriend charged with concealing 7-year-old’s death

An East Point father and his girlfriend have been charged with concealing the death of a 7-year-old girl, police said Friday. But by late Friday, investigators had not determined whether the girl’s body pulled from Lake Allatoona belonged to Kamaire Wash.

On Wednesday afternoon, the body of a young girl was pulled from the water near an I-75 overpass, just off 3rd Army Road, Bartow Coroner Joel Guyton said. The remains were sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy and identification.

The next morning, Michael Deon Wash reported his daughter was missing, police said. Wash claimed he and his live-in girlfriend, Lasherae Davis, had put Kamaire to bed Wednesday night. Thursday morning, Kamaire was missing from her apartment, and after searching for the child, Wash called police.

But by late Thursday, the investigation turned from a missing child to a homicide case, according to Capt. Cliff Chandler with East Point police. Both Wash and Davis were questioned and held overnight at the East Point jail, and on Friday, both were charged.

Wash and Davis were each charged with two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the third degree, making false statements and concealing the death of another. Additionally, Wash was charged with aggravated assault and Davis was charged with being a party to the crime of aggravated assault.

Kamaire's mother,  Kashira Pettigrew, lives in Illinois, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

On Saturday, Michael Wash and Lasherae Davis waived their first appearance, according to WSBTV. They are being held without bond. Their next court appearance will be July 15.

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