Missing child case goes to Grand Jury

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –On July 21st a 12-year-old Shreveport girl reunited with her family after they reported her missing a few days earlier. When they found her police said she had been abused during her disappearance. They arrested two men, Brandon Player and Henry Lee, but they said more arrests would come.

Days later, child protective services took the girl and her younger sister out of their parents home.

"This case has caused a lot of heart ache and a lot of grief and a lot of work for a lot of people," said Assistant District Attorney, Hugo Holland.

The investigation continued, and this month the District Attorney's office presented the case to the Grand Jury. Usually cases are wrapped up when they go to Grand Jury, but the jury became a part of this investigation.

"We have people come in that either haven't been talked to before or haven't provided the information that we're hearing and so we're actually learning things in the Grand Jury room for the first time," said Holland.

As the investigation progressed they discovered things were not what they first thought.

"It is not what everybody believed it to be, and I can't say any more than that, but it was not a child abduction case as was originally thought," said Holland.

The Grand Jury has made some decisions, but the DA's office won't release any specific information until they hear the whole case.

They hope to finish hearing the case during the Grand Jury's session in November.

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