Trial date set for father of missing 2-year-old Detroit girl

D'Andre Lane charged with murder, child abuse in disappearance of Bianca Jones

Published On: Jun 06 2012 11:33:25 AM EDT
DETROIT -

A Detroit father charged with murder and child abuse following the disappearance of his 2-year-old daughter faces a Sept. 18 trial in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The 32-year-old is being held without bond.

The girl, Bianca Jones, hasn’t been seen since Dec. 2, 2011, when her father said he was carjacked with her in the back seat.

Police found the car a short time later, but the girl wasn't in it.

Witnesses and officers have testified that Lane might have beaten and killed the girl.

However, her body has still not been found.

Lane's own girlfriend said she awoke to hear Bianca crying and being disciplined by Lane for wetting the bed. She said he used a stick he had made by wrapping a sponge with duct tape. She said she heard Lane hit Bianca “three or four times" before everything was quiet.

Others said Bianca was never seen the following morning and that Lane carried her out to his car and covered her with a blanket once she was inside the car.

Police said there was also a 45 minute gap between when they were told about the girl's disappearance.