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Published: Wednesday, 3/16/2005

<font face='verdana' size='1' color =#CC0000><b> * NEW * </b></font> Ex-caregiver charged with murdering missing Fla. girl


MIAMI A woman who was supposed to be taking care of Rilya Wilson, the 4-year-old foster child whose disappearance three years ago scandalized Florida s child-protection agency, was indicted today on charges of murdering the girl.

Geralyn Graham was also charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. No body has been found, prosecutors said.

Our grand jury has heard the facts and determined that Rilya s disappearance was the result of an act of violence and has indicted the child s former caretaker, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said.

Rilya s story became known three years ago when it was discovered that she was not living at the home she shared with Graham and another woman, Pamela Graham.

The Grahams claimed a state social worker had taken the child in early 2001 for medical testing and never returned with the girl, who was 4 when she was last seen.

The girl s disappearance had gone unnoticed by the Florida Department of Children & Families for months. The scandal led to a major shakeup at the agency, as well as a search for the girl.

Prosecutors said they believe that the girl was dead by the time her disappearance was discovered.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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