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Body of 5-year-old found in Compton home

June 14, 2010 12:38:38 AM PDT
Authorities said a 5-year-old girl was found in a trash bag inside a bedroom closet in Compton on Sunday morning. The girl's uncle was arrested later Sunday.Police were called to a residence on the 1100 block of East Peck Street at 7:20 a.m. regarding a missing girl. The body was found as investigators performed a routine check of the home.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Spokesman Deputy Jeff Gordon said the girl's uncle, 25-year-old Julian Carter, was arrested in connection with the death. Neighbors reported Carter had a developing drug problem.

Deputies searched the girl's home Sunday morning after her mother reported her missing.

During a standard check of the house to make sure she wasn't hiding anywhere, the girl's body was found in a closet.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.