Flint parents charged in beating death of 3-year-old daughter

Published: Dec. 6, 2016 at 11:52 AM EST
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(12/06/16) - A mother and father have been charged in their own daughter's death.

Three-year-old Kimora Simon, of Flint, hasn't been seen in more than a year.

Kimora was beaten to death, then her own father allegedly buried her in a shallow grave in the woods by their apartment complex in Flint.

Now her mother, Erika Finley, and father, Khairy Simon, are behind bars, accused of murder and child abuse.

This all started more than a year ago when teachers at Burton Glen Academy reported abuse of Kimora's two brothers, who are in elementary school.

When CPS workers went to their apartment in the Evergreen Regency, they asked where the toddler was. Her parents lied to investigators and family members then told police they hadn't seen Kimora for more than a year.

Police haven't been able to recover Kimora’s remains; it likely has to do with how much time has passed.

Finley and Simon are being held without bond. Their two other children are in temporary foster care.

The Weiss Advocacy Center was involved in this case and all other abuse cases that are reported in Genesee County.

Director Claudnyse Jenkins says physical and sexual abuse against children is on the rise. Part of the reason is because more people are reporting the crimes.

"We are over 420 cases that we've done this year alone for sexual abuse," Jenkins said.

For every case that goes to the police, there are nine more children suffering in silence.

Jenkins says what happened to Kimora is a reminder to speak up if something doesn't seem right.

"Report it. Believe what kids have to say. We have to be the superheros for these kids that are going through these horrific things," Jenkins said.