KSP: Body of missing four-year-old found

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-21 09:57:16-05

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two people are in police custody, accused of murder after the body of a four-year-old was found in a wooded area Friday afternoon.

Four-year-old Serenity McKinney was last reportedly seen in December 2020.

Kentucky State Police say the child had been missing until Friday when her body was found in the woods near the 1300 block of Skyview Road in West Point. That is near the Jefferson-Bullitt County line.

Her mother, 21-year-old Catherine McKinney, and her mother's boyfriend, 26-year-old Dakota Hill, are both charged with murder and abuse of a corpse. They are both from Shepherdsville.

KSP says McKinney and Hill were arrested last week in Kansas before being extradited back to Kentucky. KSP says both were in custody at the Shelby County Detention Center after being charged with custodial interference.

Investigating agencies include Shelby County Sheriff's Office, KSP, and the Attorney General's Office.