Witnesses testify about day Bianca Jones went missing

Girlfriend of D'Andre Lane says she heard him disciplining 2-year-old

Published On: Apr 27 2012 06:04:31 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 27 2012 06:16:02 PM EDT
DETROIT -

Key witnesses in the Bianca Jones case are telling their story.

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

The car was found minutes later, but the girl wasn’t in it.

Her father, D’Andre Lane, is charged with murder in her disappearance.

On Friday, two witnesses described different stories about when Bianca went missing.

The key prosecution witness told the court it wasn’t something she saw, but something she heard, that set off alarm bells.

Anjali Lyons, Lane’s 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.”

Lyons was reluctant to speak in court, stopping several times. But she described Lane as being frustrated and irritated until it all just stopped.

Friend Rico Blackwell said he talked with Lane the morning Bianca went missing, and when Lane stopped his car, no one else was inside.

Investigators also testified Friday that Lane had been at Wayne Community College, near the Detroit River.

More witnesses are due in court before it will be decided if Lane will stand trial.

The case will resume May 8.