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Jul 16, 2013 4:27 PM

Warrant issued for murder of 6-year-old girl

Deputies in Jefferson Parish are looking for a person of interest, believed to be involved in the murder of a 6 year old girl who went missing over the weekend. The body of Ahlittha North was found early Tuesday morning in a trash can not far from her house. Deputies say North was stabbed to death.

At a press conference Tuesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the first time they searched for the missing 6-year-old, they did find a pool of blood and ammunition nearby the home. Witnesses in the area said they heard gunshots around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night, before the missing person's report was filed on Saturday morning.

At 10:38 p.m. on Friday, deputies say they have video of the entire family at the grocery store. The children reportedly went to bed at 1:00 a.m.; when they awoke at 8:00 a.m. they found Ahlittha and a toothbrush missing.

DNA was run on the blood found, and last night the blood was positively matched to Ahlittha.

On July 15th, deputies identified Matthew Flugence as a person of interest because of an outstanding allegation of sexual battery on an 11-year old. Flugence is a nephew of Ahlittha's stepfather and had watched North in the past. Deputies say Flugence was in and around the crime scenes through the weekend. They are trying to get warrants for murder for Flugence and for the sexual battery of the 11-year-old.

A brother, Russell Flugence, has been arrested on a charge of obstruction of justice.

Officials say the child had "two aggressive stab wounds to the neck" which were likely the cause of her death. She was also stabbed in the abdomen and had bruising on her body. They could not indicate whether she was sexually abused.

There was no evidence of forced entry. Deputies say the parents told them the child may have opened the door to let him in.

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