Bianca Jones' father D'Andre Lane held on $3 million bond, pleads not guilty to murder
(CBS) DETROIT - A judge set bond at $3 million for D'Andre Lane, the father of missing 2-year-old Detroit girl Bianca Jones, saying he's disturbed by evidence submitted that indicates cadaver dogs detected signs of a dead body at the man's home.
Lane appeared in a Detroit court Thursday via video monitor, where he was arraigned on murder and child abuse charges, reports CBS Detroit. The 32-year-old pleaded not guilty in connection with Bianca's disappearance.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy announced the murder charges Wednesday. The prosecutor said Bianca, whose body was never recovered, was abused on the day of her disappearance but refused to elaborate.
An attorney for Lane, Terry Johnson, told reporters Thursday that his client has done nothing wrong.
"This is a public outcry. The public wanted something. The public has something now," said Johnson, CBS Detroit reports.
According to the station, Lane's 17-year-old son, also named D'Andre, said he doesn't believe his father would abuse his 2-year-old sister.
"He not gonna harm none of his children, especially over discipline," he said. "He disciplined all of us in the right way ... my cousins, you know, all of us. So ... it's just hard to believe that he'd hurt my sister. But I know he didn't."
Lane claims he was carjacked on Dec. 2, 2011 while his daughter was secured in a child seat. The car was recovered but Bianca was never found. Worthy said Lane's story is "totally inconsistent with the facts."
A preliminary exam in the case is set for mid-April, CBS Detroit reports.
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