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Missing Detroit girl's father D'Andre Lane under "intense scrutiny" by investigators

Bianca Jones has been missing since Dec. 2 CBS Detroit

Bianca Jones has been missing since Dec. 2
CBS Detroit

(CBS/AP) DETROIT - The father of  missing two-year-old Bianca Jones says he is not "the villain" in the case, even though police are looking at him as "suspect number one."

D'Andre Lane, who says he was carjacked Friday in Detroit's North End neighborhood, said the perpetrators drove off with his daughter still strapped in her car seat. The car, but not the girl, was found later Friday.

"Soon after everything happened I was talking to police and I heard some officers off to the side say, `Oh, he has a criminal record,"' said Lane, accompanied by his attorney, Terry L. Johnson. "I know what that means. He has a criminal record. He's suspect number one...My main concern is my daughter coming home safely."

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said the father's story is under "intense scrutiny." Investigators have searched Lane's home several times and taken sheets from the girls bed, laptops and flash drives.

According to Michigan prison records, Lane was jailed for more than three years on drug and firearm possession charges stemming from a 2003 arrest and was paroled in 2007. He also served a more than four-year probation starting in 1996 after being convicted of assault with intent to commit armed robbery and a conspiracy charge.

He was held over the weekend in the Oakland County Jail on a personal protection order warrant unrelated to his daughter's disappearance. On Monday, a judge there ordered Lane to attend anger management classes, his lawyer said.

Johnson expressed concern that claims that Lane had failed a lie detector test leaked to the media. He believes the test was administered improperly.

"You take someone under that kind of stress and put them in a room; he's not free to leave. He's in custody. He talks to you and now you want to strap him up to a machine," said Lane. "No one who gives a polygraph properly would do anything like that."

Community volunteers have been helping officers and FBI agents search for the girl, an anonymous donors have pledged $20,000 for a reward for information in the case.

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