Father of child found dead inside refrigerator says he hadn’t seen her in 2 months

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Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 4:50 PM

HOUSTON – The father of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Monday in the refrigerator of an apartment says he thought his daughter was still alive.

A neighbor called police to the Happy Home Apartments located in the 10100 block of Club Creek after the victim’s 5-year-old sister found her body wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a refrigerator drawer.  

Homicide investigators obtained a search warrant and went in to look over the scene. Police said it appeared the apartment was lived in recently.

Armand Comb, the victim’s father, said the last time he saw his daughter was about two months ago. The child, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheel chair, lived with his ex-girlfriend Amber Keyes, Comb said.

“Last time I saw her, she was looking good. It looked like she was gaining weight. Her cheeks were kind of fat. I would never, never suspect that,” he said.  

Comb said he spoke to his ex-girlfriend Monday.

“She was talking like she was there with them,” he said.

Now CPS workers have taken his second daughter.

“Hopefully she will come back home tomorrow, or go to my cousin’s house,” he said. “I just want to know what happened man, why?  I was right here I would’ve helped. I would’ve done anything.”

Relatives said the mother turned herself in, but investigators would not confirm that information. It is still unclear how the little girl died.

CPS officials are scheduled to hold an emergency hearing for her younger sister on Wednesday.

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