Madalina Cojocari: Parents of missing 11-year-old arrested for failing to report child’s disappearance


The parents of missing 11-year-old North Carolina native Madalina Cojocari were arrested Saturday for failing to report her missing, the Cornelius Police Department said in a news release.

Madalina’s mother Diana Cojocari, 37, and stepfather Christopher Palmiter, 60, were arrested Saturday for failing to report a child’s disappearance to law enforcement, police said. According to records, both Cojocari and Palmiter are being held at Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

Madalina was last seen on November 23 at her home in Cornelius, about 20 miles north of Charlotte. It took her parents until December 15 to report her missing to a resource officer at Bailey Middle School, where Madalina attended.

She was last seen in jeans; pink, purple, and white Adidas shoes; and a white T-shirt and jacket, authorities said. The FBI described her as 4ft 10in and weighing 90lbs, and a photo released to the public shows a softly smiling girl wearing a shirt that reads, “I know the world with love.” change.”

CNN was unable to reach Cojocari or Palmiter.

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