On Thursday, a transgender woman pleaded guilty to the murder of 7-year-old Kamarie Wash in 2016.
Milan Wash, whose legal name was Michael Wash when the murder occurred, received a sentence of life in prison plus 75 years in confinement. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office initially filed a notice of intent to pursue the death penalty, but later withdrew that notice.
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Investigators revealed that Wash contacted police about the disappearance of Kamarie Wash back in June of 2016.
“She was last seen here in my house, here this morning or last night,” Wash said during the call to police. “I’m sorry.”
Only a day earlier, fishermen had discovered Kamarie’s body in Lake Allatoona.
Milan Wash, who is the biological parent of Kamarie, later admitted to breaking her jaw in their apartment in East Point, an injury that eventually led to her death.
Investigators said Wash and his partner at the time, Lasharae Davis, would routinely physically abuse Kamarie and not allow her to eat. Wash and Davis also have three children together.
After Wash killed Kamarie, he sought to conceal her identity by burning the palms of her hands and shaving her head, before dumping her body in the lake.
The mother of Kamarie, Kashira Pettigrew, immediately suspected foul play, because her daughter had disappeared, but all three of their children were okay.
“Nothing happened to those babies, but for some reason my baby, my baby, she’s missing,” Pettigrew told the press. “It just doesn’t add up to me.”
“All I want is justice,” she added.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis summed up the tragedy during her announcement of the guilty plea.
“A 7-year-old baby girl was brutally abused and murdered by a person who should have been her greatest protector,” Willis stated. “Wash not only beat Kamarie badly enough to kill her but went to great lengths to cover up the crime.”
“It is an absolute shame that a young life was so violently cut short by a parent,” said Willis.