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Houston Police Department(HOUSTON) -- A Texas mother has been charged with killing her 3-year-old son by hitting him with her SUV during what prosecutors are describing as a game of "chicken."

On June 11, 26-year-old Lexus Stagg allegedly drove toward three of her children in the parking lot of their Houston apartment complex when she struck her son, according to a press release by the Houston Police Department.

Surveillance video taken at the community pool shows a white Lincoln Navigator driving in reverse as three children chase after it. Stagg then allegedly put the car in drive and moved toward them, police said.

Two of the three children were able to move out of the way in time, but the 3-year-old, identified by police as Lord Renfro, was struck and later died at the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

Stagg did not show any visible signs of intoxication and was released after she was questioned, police said.

Authorities initially described the child's death as an "unfortunate accident" but determined it was not an accident after further investigation, ABC Houston station KTRK reported.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the station Stagg was playing a game of "chicken" with her children.

"Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves," Ogg said. "Cars aren't toys and playing chicken with your kids isn't a game."

Stagg's children were playing in front of her in the parking lot when the child was struck, Harris County prosecutor Sean Teare told KTRK. Lord Refro was run over by two of the SUV's tires, Teare said.

In 2013, Stagg's Child Protective Services removed two of Stagg's older children from her home and placed them with a relative, KTRK reported. Her younger children have also been placed with relatives after the 3-year-old's death, CPS confirmed with the station.

On Thursday, Stagg was arrested and charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of her son, police said. She was released on $1,500 bond Friday afternoon after attending her probable cause hearing, according to KTRK.

It is unclear if Stagg has retained a lawyer. ABC News could not immediately reach her for comment.

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police in San Jose, Calif., are investigating a quadruple murder-suicide after they say a suspect shot and killed four people and then himself inside a home.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to multiple calls of a shooting and found several family members fleeing the house, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Officers learned there were possibly more victims inside the home and took an armored police vehicle inside, where they rescued a woman and a woman who had each been shot, police said.

They were rushed to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Two other women and the suspect were still unaccounted for and believed to be inside, said police. At about 1:25 a.m. Monday, officers went inside and found the two missing victims and the suspect. All three had been shot and were pronounced deceased at the scene, said police.

There are no outstanding suspects, according to police, and the identities of the victims and suspect have not been released.

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Corey Hendrickson/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) -- The prep school student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate was released from jail for good behavior.

Owen Labrie's attorney confirmed to ABC News that he was released from Merrimack County’s jail Monday morning after nearly six months.

"Owen is happy to be home with his family. He will be settling in and working on rebuilding his life," his lawyers said in a statement to ABC News. "He’d like to thank the friends and family that have stood by him and supported him all these years."

Labrie, who is now 23 years old, was a student at the prestigious St. Paul's School in New Hampshire when he was accused of sexually assaulting a younger student.

The case raised questions about sex culture on campus in light of accusations that the alleged incident was part of a so-called "Senior Salute," where seniors allegedly target younger students.

In October 2015, Labrie was sentenced to 12 months in prison. A judge suspended that sentence and Labrie was freed on bail under curfew at the home of his mother in Tunbridge, Vt., while Labrie appealed the decision. In March 2016, the court revoked his bail after prosecutors accused him of missing his court-ordered curfew several times.

Earlier this month, the New Hampshire Supreme Court denied Labrie's appeal to have a new trial based on ineffective counsel.

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Rex_Wholster/iStock(RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas) -- Four bodies were found Sunday evening near the Rio Grande River, southeast of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area, an area rife with human trafficking, authorities said.

The deceased appeared to be two infants, a toddler and a 20-year-old woman, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told ABC News Rio Grande Valley, Texas, affiliate KRGV-TV.

Because the bodies were found on federal property, the FBI will handle the investigation.

The four people may have died from dehydration, investigators told KRGV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 severe weather reports stretching from the Plains to the Southeast on Sunday included a reported tornado near South Bend, Indiana, that damaged a building but injured no one.

About 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in southwest Missouri in fewer than six hours, resulting in a flash flood emergency for parts of that area. Devastating flash flooding was reported in Newton and McDonald counties.

Heavy rain -- more than 4 inches locally, in parts -- also was reported in Kansas. The town of Ellsworth reported hail as large as hens' eggs. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were reported from Texas to Indiana.

Radar on Monday morning showed a line of strong to severe storms from Texas to Tennessee, with very heavy rain and locally damaging winds.

The severe weather should slide south into parts of southeast Texas and Louisiana later Monday morning, but the storms are forecast to lose some of their intensity.

This weather is part of a slow-moving storm that's heading through the central and eastern U.S. As the storm's warmer sector moves toward parts of the Midwest and Appalachia, more severe weather is expected.

Cities including Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh all could be at risk for strong wind and large hail -- possibly a brief tornado -- in the radar map's "slight risk" region.

More severe weather on Tuesday is likely in parts of the Midwest, with strong winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.

The Southeast is heating up. Temperatures and humidity will be on the rise Monday and Tuesday, when Heat Index values will reach triple digits from New Orleans to Miami.

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Jessy Pacheco/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- An Arkansas native attending medical school in Mexico spoke publicly for the first time since his apparent kidnapping last week, but the Sunday press conference seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Jessy Pacheco, of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, also an American citizen and student at Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, vanished after a graduation celebration on June 15.

Romero was found beaten and shot to death two days later, and Mexican authorities feared Pacheco may have suffered a similar fate. But things took a twist when Pacheco boarded a Dallas-bound flight with his mother, later saying he had no recollection of what had happened to his friend.

On Sunday, Pacheco said he "blacked out" after leaving a graduation celebration at a nightclub in Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara. He said the "complete blackout" left him scrambling for answers and that he couldn’t remember anything between the celebration and boarding a plane in Mexico.

"All my family, friends were there. We were just celebrating and next thing you know [I] blacked out," he said during a news conference alongside his family. "I thought my life was over."

Pacheco, who attended the university's medical school for 2 1/2 years but finished his residency in Arkansas, said he hadn’t spoken with Mexican authorities since returning to the U.S.

"There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know," Pacheco said.

"We don't know who he was with, who had him," his mother, Vilma Franco, added. "We don't know nothing."

His family declined to say how they made contact with Pacheco in Mexico.

Authorities previously said they believed Pacheco's disappearance and his friend's killing occurred in the Providencia neighborhood of Guadalajara on Saturday, according to a statement from the Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office.

Romero, a California native, was found beaten and shot to death a few blocks away from where he was last seen alive, authorities said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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iStock/kirilllutz(KINGFISHER, Okla.) -- A northern Oklahoma town was warned against consuming public water without boiling it first after a city well tested positive for E. coli. bacteria.

Residents in Kingfisher, about 50 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, were told to boil their water to kill potential E. coli bacteria or other possible “disease causing agents” that could be present, officials said over the weekend.

The city announced that residents should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, washing dishes and brushing teeth, according to a statement. Those taking care of infants, the elderly or people with a compromised immune systems were urged to be extra cautious.

Tests indicated that Kingfisher's water supply may have been contaminated with human or animal waste, according to officials, who added that one of the city’s wells tested positive for E. coli on Saturday afternoon and authorities were working to flush the system to halt any further contamination.

“The city was notified by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality this afternoon,” the statement said. “Well 12 has been shut down, and chlorination at the water treatment plant has been increased. Water crews are flushing lines to expedite the flow of potential contamination from the water system.”

Officials said they would provide water from an alternative source until the issue is resolved. Early analysis shows that heavy rains and flooding may have contributed to the contamination, according to the statement.

“Initial assessment indicates that the heavy rains, flooding and excessive run-off may have led to the positive E. coli in Well 12,” officials said. “The City is working with ODEQ to resolve the issue and ensure that our water system is safe for you to consume.”

E. coli exposure symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms, according to health officials.

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iStock/Joe Pearl Photography(KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C) -- A man whose body was found in a pond behind his South Carolina home may have been attacked by an alligator, according to authorities.

Deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to the man's home on Kiawah Island, a barrier island about 30 miles south of Charleston, Saturday afternoon after he was reported missing, according to a press release.

The man had not been seen since 10 a.m., but his car was still on the property, authorities said.

Police dogs led investigators to the edge of a large pond behind the man's home, prompting deputies to utilize a helicopter to continue the search.

From the air, the man's body was spotted in the pond, out of sight form his home. When the man's body was retrieved, it had bite marks and wounds "consistent in appearance with an alligator encounter," according to the press release.

Authorities did not release the identity of the man.

The area is known to have alligators, Robert McCullough, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told the Post and Courier.

It is unclear whether the bites occurred before or after the man died, according to the department.

The Charleston County Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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Nashville.gov(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) --  Police are searching for a Connecticut man in connection with an attack on a husband and wife over the weekend that left one dead and the other seriously injured.

Leigh Ann Zirkle, 58, and her husband Donald Zirkle, 59, were sitting on their back porch in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday afternoon when a stranger allegedly approached them to ask for directions, police said.

Investigators aren’t sure what happened next, but the sudden encounter turned deadly when the stranger, described as “a white man in his 20s to 30s with long blonde hair and a dirty yellow shirt,” began to attack the couple, police said in a statement.

Leigh Ann Zirkle fled the scene and collapsed in the street after sustaining “significant” stab wounds, including one to her neck, police said. Her husband, Donald Zirkle, was found inside the home and transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.

“Neighbors rendered aid as officers and Nashville Fire Department paramedics responded,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement. “When officers arrived, they cleared the residence and found Donald Zirkle, 59, critically wounded at the rear. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.”

The suspect is thought to have fled in the couple’s 2010 gray Toyota Camry.

Thirty-four-year-old Peter Bohning, of Kent, Connecticut, was not named as a suspect, but police said they were looking question him in connection with the attack.

Authorities found his vehicle, a silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut license plates, “inexplicably parked” at the side of the home with its rear doors open.

Investigators reached out to his family in Connecticut, but they said they hadn’t spoken with him in days.

“His family in Connecticut told authorities there that they have not heard from him in several days. Bohning’s whereabouts are unknown. He may be in the victims’ Camry,” police said. “Anyone seeing Bohning and/or the Camry is urged to immediately contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or their local law enforcement agency.”

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iStock(OAHU, Hawaii) -- Eleven people were killed when a sky diving plane crashed on the island of Oahu Friday, making it the worst U.S. civil plane accident since 2011.

The twin-engine King Air plane crashed Friday about 6:30 p.m. local time and killed everyone on board, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Initial reports indicated nine people were on the plane before the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday afternoon that 11 died.

"There's nothing left of the plane," Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves told reporters at the airport.

Dillingham Airfield is located on the northwest coast of Oahu, the opposite side from the state's capital of Honolulu. The airfield is used for both military and civilian aircraft.

The same plane was involved in a near-accident in July 2016, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The Beech 65-A90 sustained "substantial damage" while taking of from an airport in Byron, California, but the 14 sky divers and pilot were not injured.

"I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims."

"There was a fire close to the fence line, we extinguished the fire, so luckily because it was accessible we could get to the fire right away," Neves said. "We're collecting information; it was a sky-dive aircraft."

"We have witnesses that say it was inbound so we're not sure right now [whether it left the airfield], we're gathering information," he added.

There were family members of those on the plane who were waiting at the airfield, Neves said.

Among those killed was Casey Williamson, an employee of Oahu Parachute Center, which owned the plane.

"Casey Williamson was one of a kind who lived life to the fullest. He was a free spirited lover of life and people," his family said in a statement. "He was a friend to all he met. His smile and love for life was contagious. Our family will not be the same without our sweet Casey."

There were at least six employees of the sky-dive company on the flight.

"It is very difficult," he said. "In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we've had. We've had some helicopters with the military, but this is a civilian plane that went down with that many people on board."

One man who was hiking in the area of the airfield said he saw fire trucks, police and helicopters rush to the scene. When he got closer to the scene he spoke to a couple who saw the plane take off.

"I talked to a couple on my way from the other side [of the airport]; they said they saw the plane, it looks like it was taking off and it looked a little wobbly and that's the last they could see of it," eyewitness Jonathan Keating said.

"With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board the King Air twin engine plane that went down near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors," the DOT tweeted.

The coroner's officer in Hawaii later told the FAA that no one survived the crash.

There was a more recent military plane crash with more casualties: a C-130 crash in Mississippi in July 2017 that killed 16.

Sixteen people were also killed in a hot air balloon accident in Texas in July 2016.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A mother and her two young children have been found dead inside their New York City home just hours after the children's father was picked up by authorities while wandering along a highway, according to the NYPD.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call detailing an assault in progress at a Staten Island home about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey said in a statement. When officers arrived, the home was filled with smoke, and the bodies of the 36-year-old mother and her children, ages 3 and 2, were discovered by firefighters after they extinguished the small fire, Corey said.

The mother's body was lying on a bed facedown, ABC New York station WABC-TV reported.

Authorities had picked up a 36-year-old man believed to be the children's father at 7:48 a.m. while he was walking along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and transported him to the hospital for evaluation, Corey said.

He underwent a psychological evaluation at the hospital, according to WABC-TV.

The mother, whose name has not been released by authorities, was an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, WABC-TV reported. The 911 call was placed by one of her coworkers, according to the station.

The father, whose identity has not been made public, was also a member of the military, neighbor Rod Hamed, told WABC-TV. He describing him as a "nice guy," the station reported.

The case is being treated as a homicide, Corey said. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Police did not identify the children, either.

The father has not been charged but is being considered a person of interest, according to WABC-TV.

Police had been called to the home once before for a domestic dispute, the station reported.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A complex storm system is bringing the next round of severe weather and flash flooding in the Plains Sunday morning and it will bring more severe weather from Texas to Pennsylvania through Monday.

Late Saturday night, a powerful line of storms moving through parts of Kansas brought wind gusts up to 80 mph. The same system brought at least 5 inches of rain to parts of Illinois on Saturday and caused flash flooding around eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

The radar was very active Sunday morning with multiple clusters of strong to severe, slow-moving thunderstorms moving through parts of the Plains, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, including Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, through 10 a.m. local time.

Also, storms across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas will likely last through the morning hours and could drop over 6 inches of rain and lead to dangerous flash flooding.

The main line of storms will move southeast through parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri through the day and bring additional heavy rain, flooding and damaging winds.

Severe storm activity will likely bring damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes from northern Texas to southern Illinois by the early morning hours. There is an enhanced risk of severe weather across parts of northern Texas and southeast Oklahoma, where storms could become the most intense and widespread Sunday evening.

Storms will continue to push south overnight Sunday into Monday and move into eastern Texas and parts of Mississippi. Heavy rain and flash flooding will continue to be an issue with these storms, but the intensity will decrease as they approach the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, storms will fire along the warm front of this storm system and bring scattered thunderstorm activity across parts of the Ohio Valley and eastern U.S. on Monday. There is a slight risk of severe weather from Kentucky to Pennsylvania, where a couple of storms could turn severe on Monday with damaging winds and large hail.

This storm system is moving quite slowly and will likely bring 4 to 6 inches of rain to parts of the southern U.S., which could cause flash flooding.

It can’t be emphasized enough that parts of the south-central Plains and Midwest -- from Texas to Missouri to the Ohio Valley -- have seen one to two times their average rainfall this year-to-date. Much of this rain has come in the last four to six weeks and could cause flash flooding fairly easily.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The wife of a former Navy SEAL, now on trial for the murder of a teenage member of ISIS while he served in Iraq in 2017, said she believes the government's prosecution is finally being revealed as "vile and corrupt."

Two days after a shocking twist in the trial of former Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, his wife, brother and lawyer sat down with Good Morning America to say they anticipate Eddie Gallagher will be found completely innocent.

"I feel great after a week of listening to the government's witnesses," Andrea Gallagher told GMA. "I feel more confident than ever that my husband will finally get his day in court and get the ability to prove his innocence."

On Thursday, Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott revealed for the first time that he saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner in 2017, but said it was himself who suffocated the teen to death, describing it as an act of mercy.

Gallagher's wife downplayed Scott's admission and said her husband would be found innocent regardless.

"The witnesses' inconsistencies to me were as powerful as Corey Scott taking responsibility," she said. "I felt like that every single witness they brought forward was pretty inconsistent."

But the prosecution has presented text messages sent by Gallagher to his platoon, where he admitted to the crime, including one that allegedly read, "I've got a cool story when I get back, I got him with my hunting knife."

Eddie Gallagher, 39, spent nine months in prison, but was released on May 30, exactly two months after President Donald Trump interjected in the case and said the SEAL would be "moved to less restrictive confinement."

Andrea Gallagher said she's enjoyed having her husband home -- as she maintains should have been the case all along.

"He's confident. My husband has always maintained his innocence from the beginning; he has been confident," she said. "He's wanted to go to trial. We have waited so long for this opportunity."

Gallagher was reportedly considered for a pardon by Trump in May, a request his wife said did not come at her request, saying she didn't "really have too much thought on the pardon issue."

"In regard to the pardon, no one was ever asking for a pardon," she told GMA. "We were asking for fairness in this process and that's what we have been crying out this whole time."

She did leave the door open for more presidential intervention in the future, though.

"What we're seeing right now is just playing out what we've always known, which is my husband will be vindicated at face value," Andrea Gallagher said. "But we're thankful for the president's intervention and if something were to go south, but we're not anticipating that."

Gallagher's charges was triggered by an interview conducted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent Joseph Warpinski in April 2018 with a fellow soldier, Craig Miller, after he allegedly saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner. He testified on Wednesday and repeated that claim, also admitting they posed for a photo with the body.

Andrea Gallagher lashed out at the prosecution and said they should be ashamed for arresting her husband -- a decorated combat veteran who spent 19 years in the Navy -- while he was being treated at Camp Pendleton on Sept. 11, 2018.

"The [Uniform Code of Military Justice] UCMJ is really struggling in this matter, and also the fact that the NCIS investigator lead agent, Joe Warpinski -- we will really get a chance to deem all of the things he did as completely vile and corrupt," Andrea Gallagher told ABC News. "We believe that this case never would have gotten to this point if a real investigation had been done. The fairness aspect is what we'd always been going for."

"I say to you that this case, as unique as it seems, it's not. It's not the first time that this has been done to one of our war fighters," Gallagher's lawyer, Tim Parlatore, said. "There are several prior cases that this has happened to. The difference here is two things. One, they arrested a Navy SEAL, which builds media attention just by the name recognition. And two, they arrested Andrea Gallagher's husband. This is not something that anybody expected for a family to come out and shine the light the way they have."

Gallagher had been transitioning to a role out of combat when he was arrested.

"The thought of Eddie in jail, unjustly," his brother, Sean Gallagher, told GMA, trailing off. "There are two motivating factors in this: love and truth. We love our brother, we love our husband, we love our dad, we love our son. And then, the fear of this travesty of justice perpetuating beyond what it already has. It's gone on for too long."

In addition to the charge of murder, Gallagher is accused of firing on civilians in Iraq. Three government witnesses testified to that fact during the first week of trial.

"My husband stayed on target the whole time," Andrea Gallagher said. "He is an aggressive operator. He is an aggressive leader. And I don't think that he's ever apologized for that."

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Find MacKenzie Lueck/Facebook(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) -- The family of a University of Utah student who has been missing since landing at the Salt Lake City airport in the early hours of June 17 is pleading for help in locating her.

Mackenzie Lueck, 23, texted her parents that she had landed safely in Salt Lake City at 1:00 am on Monday, but she has not been heard from since, the family said in a statement.

"Since Monday, she has missed her midterms at the University of Utah and has not been in communication with family or friends," the statement said.

"Mackenzie is 5’6” tall, 120 pounds with a slim/athletic build, medium length blonde hair and brown eyes," the statement said.

The Salt Lake City police also put out a statement on Saturday that Lueck was considered missing.

Lueck took a Lyft from the airport to an address in North Salt Lake, police said in a statement, adding that Lyft and the driver had cooperated with the investigation.

Lyft did not immediately respond to several requests for comment.

The police have not discovered anything at this point that would lead them to believe Lueck is in danger, Salt Lake City Police Sergeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News.

Lueck's family said she had planned to fly from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles on July 23.

She had just returned back to Utah after attending her grandmother's funeral, according to a notice from the Missing Pieces Network posted to the "Find MacKenzie Lueck" Facebook page.

"Our primary goal is to find Mackenzie and bring her home. Her family is grateful for the concern, prayers and the tireless efforts of the Salt Lake City Police and members of the community," the Lueck family statement said.

Anyone with information should contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000.

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Trey Ganems SoulShine Industries(HOUSTON) -- The last journey of a 4-year-old Houston girl, whose tragic death captured the interest of strangers across several states, will end on Saturday as hundreds are expected to attend her funeral.

Maleah Davis, the gap-toothed child who loved pink and the "My Little Pony" character Rainbow Dash, will finally be laid to rest after a short life that ended sometime before her remains were found in Arkansas on May 31.

She had been reported missing on May 4.

"In many ways, she's representative of so many of our children," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters on Friday, as he confirmed his plans to attend and speak at Davis' private funeral.

"I think what happened to Maleah is a reminder that if we don't do our part, if we are not responsible, we can fail our children -- whether you're a parent, whether you're a family member, whether you're the system, we all have a role to play," Turner said.

Memorial services have been held in Houston and Arkansas, where the child's body was found.

Maleah's mother's ex-fiancé, Derion Vence, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, said police.

More charges are possible, authorities said.

Davis will be buried in a rainbow-filled "My Little Pony"-themed casket. Mourners are expected to wear pink in honor of the child's favorite color.

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