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Woman charged with murder of her father and daughter in Lakeland

Woman charged with murder of her father and daughter in Lakeland

Cheyanne Jessie reported her 50-year-old father and her 6-year-old daughter missing early Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, she was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence, deputies said. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said that Jessie, 25, originally said she had most recently heard from father Mark Weekly around July 22 via text message. That, Jessie said, was when he communicated his alleged terminal illness; his desire to spend the rest of his life with her daughter Meredith, whom he'd been caring for; his plans to go to Georgia; and his permission for her to sell all of his property, according to...

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