Father of girl found in Lake Allatoona indicted on murder charge

The father of a 7-year-old girl found dead in a lake was indicted Thursday on murder and child cruelty charges, according to Channel 2 Action News.

At first, Michael Deon Wash told police he panicked when he awoke and Kamaire Wash was missing the morning of June 30. His eldest daughter must have wandered out of the family’s East Point home wearing her polka dot pajamas, Wash said.

He told police he searched more than an hour before reporting her missing.

Then, an autopsy conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on a body found in Lake Allatoona confirmed Kamaire Wash was already dead when her dad filed the missing child report.

The GBI used DNA to identify the remains, which were spotted June 29 by fishermen in Lake Allatoona.

Kamaire Wash died of blunt force trauma.

Wash and his live-in girlfriend, Lasherae 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.

The murder charge was added later and Kamaire’s mother, Kashira Pettigrew, told Channel 2 she thinks Davis should also be charged with murder.

“She is just as responsible as a mother, as a woman,” Pettigrew said.

Both Michael Wash and Davis are in jail awaiting trial.