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Uncle charged with murder of 5-year-old girl

Julian Carter, 25, was arrested after his 5-year-old niece's body was found in a trash bag in a Compton home on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

June 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 25-year-old Compton man was charged on Tuesday with the murder of his 5-year-old niece, whose body was discovered in a trash bag in the family's apartment.

Carter was charged with one count of murder, with a special allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon, a knife.

Carter was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at Compton Superior Court, but the arraignment was rescheduled to Thursday.

Carter was arrested Sunday after family members called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to report the Mireya McCall missing. Her body was discovered in the defendant's bedroom closet, with stab wounds to her throat.

Carter is being held on $1.08 million bail and faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted.