(CRANSTON, R.I.) -- Police found the body of a missing 8-year-old girl in woods near an industrial area and charged the boyfriend of her baby sitter with murder.
Joshua Davis, 20, of Woonsocket, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Monday in Providence District Court. He faces one count of murder in the death of Savannah Smith.
"He was a nice guy, played along with the kids just like most neighbors would," said Savannah's father, David Smith.
Smith said his daughter had asked him Sunday if she could go to the store with Davis, and Smith had said no. Davis then drove away with Savannah, Smith said.
"She's waving. She's in the front seat all happy," David Smith said. "I said no. I told it right to him, 'No."'
Police found Savannah's body early Monday in the woods near an industrial area in Cranston, said Michael Healey, a spokesman for state Attorney General Patrick Lynch.
Healey would not say how long investigators believe Davis was with the girl, or say whether they believed she was sexually assaulted. Davis' case has been referred to the public defender's office.
Savannah's mother, Lisa Smith, said her daughter was vibrant, happy child who loved to laugh.
"She was a little mother hen to her little sister Danielle," she said. "They never went anywhere without each other."
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