Jameion Peterson: Teen, 14, charged as ADULT for murdering 10-year-old stepsister Na’Mylah Turner-Moore
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN: Jameion Peterson, 14, has been charged as an adult for murdering his 10-year-old stepsister, Na’Mylah Turner-Moore, after her body was found hours after she was reported missing on August 30 in Saginaw.
Turner-Moore went missing from a house reportedly owned by Peterson’s father around 6.15 am on the day. After checking with her biological father, Peterson’s father called 911. Police started looking for the little girl. They found her body in an abandoned lot near the home after a few hours.
According to NBC25 News, Peterson was arraigned in Saginaw District Court for allegedly murdering Turner-Moore. The girl’s uncle, Walter Curley Jr, said that he was shocked that her step-brother had been arrested for the crime. "I was shocked. A young man had been in my house before. He called me Uncle Curly. I treated him like he was a nephew, but I was definitely shocked," he said.
The 10-year-old's postmortem reports revealed that she had been murdered but there were no signs of sexual assault or weapons used. After enquiring with family members, police started to collect evidence from where her body was found, where they got to know that she was killed by Peterson. The cause of death will only be revealed after an autopsy. Peterson will appear for a preliminary examination on September 21. If convicted, he will receive a life sentence for murdering his step sister.
Turner-Moore’s mother, Melonzine Turner, said that she had treated Peterson like her own son. “I put clothes on his back. He was like another child of mine. I would have never thought he would have done nothing like this. But then again, you can’t put nothing past nobody, and you can’t judge a book by its cover," she said. She added that everyone wanted to be around her daughter.
Turner-Moore was a brilliant student who studied at Stone Elementary School. Her heartbroken mother said that she wanted her daughter‘s killer to be hanged. The family held a vigil on Friday, September 2, in honor of Turner-Moore. Her uncle started a GoFundMe page to cover her funeral expenses. Bradley Hodges, a family friend, said that she was always smiling and full of life.