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Isabella Tennant: Two teens charged in connection with death of 5-year-old NY girl

John Freeman (left) and Tyler Best are charged in connection to the death of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant. Authorities said Isabella's body was found dumped in a garbage can after her family reported her missing from her great-grandmother's house in Niagara Falls, N.Y. AP Photo/Niagara Falls Police

John Freeman (left) and Tyler Best are charged in connection to the death of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant. Authorities said Isabella's body was found dumped in a garbage can after her family reported her missing from her great-grandmother's house in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
AP Photo/Niagara Falls Police

(CBS/AP) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Two teenage boys are charged in connection with the death of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant, whose body was found in a trash can in a New York alleyway.

Authorities said 16-year-old John Freedman and 18-year-old Tyler Best are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Niagara Falls City Court. An autopsy of Isabella's body is also scheduled for Tuesday.

Police said Best came to them Monday morning and led them to a garbage can containing a trash bag holding Isabella's body. He told police he helped Freeman dispose the body after Freeman killed her.

Isabella's family reported her missing Monday morning from her great-grandmother's Niagara Falls home, where Isabella was staying overnight. Her great-grandmother said she last saw her Sunday night with Freeman, a neighbor and family friend.

Police charged Freeman as an adult, and he faces a murder charge. Best is charged with tampering with evidence.

Authorities said it appeared Isabella was killed without any weapons being involved. At a news conference Monday afternoon, Niagara Falls Chief Detective William Thompson said there were signs of injuries but no indication of sexual abuse.

"As far as we know, he was a trusted family friend," Thompson said. "It's a terrible crime. It tears at your heart."

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