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Father and girlfriend arrested in death of girl, 4

A father and his girlfriend are in custody in the alleged killing of the man’s 4-year-old daughter in San Bernardino County.

Robert Greer, 21, and Bianca Stanch, 19, of Adelanto are being held without bail in connection with death of Samiah Downing, who was reported as possibly missing by a tipster whose identity is being withheld, said Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
 
After the tip, homicide investigators interviewed Greer and Stanch on Thursday morning at their home in the 11,900 block of Lee Avenue. From there, authorities proceeded to a  remote area about 25 miles south of Baker, Calif. “There they located a shallow grave containing Samiah’s body,” Bachman said.

Authorities are not yet releasing information on what they learned from the two suspects about the child’s disappearance. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Both suspects were booked on suspicion of murder Thursday night. They are in custody at the  central detention center in San Bernardino.

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