May 16, 2013

Maine suspect arrested in death of NYC girl

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The NYPD has arrested a man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl found charred and naked on a Brooklyn beach.

Twenty-year-old Christian Ferdinand, of Limestone, Maine, was arrested Thursday on a second-degree murder charge.

The medical examiner had determined that Shaniesha Forbes died of "homicidal asphyxiation," which includes suffocation and smothering.

The Brooklyn girl's body was discovered on Gerritsen Beach on Jan. 6.

She had attended the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She disappeared two days before her body was found.

Information on Ferdinand's lawyer wasn't immediately available.

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