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New Details: Tonisha Harris Waives Right to Jury Trial

NEW DETAILS -- A bench trial begins tomorrow for the woman charged in connection with the death of Nichelle McKnight and her son Zaden.

On Friday, October 2 Tonisha Harris waived her right to a jury trial.

Ajudge will now decide her fate after she was indicted on charges of gross abuse of a corpse. tampering with evidence, and failure to report a crime.

Nichelle and her son Zaden went missing in March 2014.

Nichelle's body was found weeks later, Zaden who would be six years old, has never been found.



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NEW INFORMATION -- Tonisha Harris pleaded not guilty to several charges.

She's was indicted on felony gross abuse of a corpse, felony tampering with evidence (alter/destroy) and misdemeanor failure to report a crime in the case involving Nichelle McKnight, the woman who disappeared with her still missing son Zaden in 2014.

The man believed to have killed Nichelle, killed himself in front of police.

Tonisha Harris remains incarcerated at the Montgomery County Jail tonight, but is expected to be in court again in the next coming weeks.

If she's released on her own recognizance she will then be placed on house arrest. We will keep you updated on the very latest as this story continues to develop.

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PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

DAYTON -- The Montgomery County Prosecutor's office has indicted Tonisha Harris in connection to the slaying of Nichelle McKnight, and disappearance of Nichelle's son Zaden in 2014.

The indictment, handed down Thursday, April 30, 2015, includes two counts of gross negligence of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and failure to report a crime.

McKnight's sister said the charges are what family have been hoping for, but that she's made some peace with her anger for Harris.

"My honest opinion, I really don't have anything to say to her," said Jasmine Cade, "I don't have no kind words, I don't have any negative words, I'd just rather keep a distance."

Harris was charged in August 2014 after she was arrested for using McKnight's bank cards after she went missing, a crime she is currently serving a ten month prison sentence for.

"I wish the process didn't take as long as it is taking," Cade said, "Im just happy this is playing out this way and not the other way."

Investigators found traces of Nichelle and Zaden's blood in Harris' Birchwood Avenue basement.

The prime suspect in the case, Antwan Anderson, shot and killed himself during a chase with Dayton Police in March 2014.

One week later, Nichelle's body was found along the Stillwater River in Harrison Township.

"Some days it do hit you," Cade said about the year without her sister and nephew, "But I mean you can't really do nothing about it now ... we just pray."

Cade said her family is still waiting for Justice to be served but wanted to thank the community, "For keeping team Zaden alive... and not forgetting about Nichelle!"

The body of four-year-old Zaden McKnight is still missing.

Tonisha Harris is set to be arraigned on the latest charges on May 14.

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DAYTON -- Tonisha Harris has been indicted on new felony counts in connection to the death of Nichelle McKnight and this disappearance of McKnight's son, Zaden.

Nichelle and Zaden were reported missing in March 2014, and Nichelle's body later found along the Stillwater River in Harrison Township. Zaden has not been found.

Police believe Antwan Anderson was the last person to be seen with the two, before he shot and killed himself during a chase with police.

Investigators later found evidence in Harris' Birchwood Avenue basement that led them to believe that's where Nichelle's and possibly Zaden's murders took place.

Harris is currently serving a ten-month prison sentence for using Nichelle's debit card two days before she went missing.

Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck Jr. announced Thursday Harris has been indicted on:

-Two counts of gross abuse of a corpse
-One count of tampering with evidence
-One count of failure to report a crime

"My honest opinion I don't have anything to say to her," Said Nichelle's sister Jasmine Cade about Harris, "I don't have no kind words, I don't have a negative words I just rather keep a distance."

Harris will be arraigned May 14.

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Previous Coverage:

DAYTON -- Tonisha Harris was indicted today on felony charges related to the death of Nichelle McKnight and her son, Zaden, who remains missing.

Nichelle and Zaden were reported missing March 29, 2014. Police say a suspect in their disappearance killed himself following a chase with police.

Nichelle's body was found April 11, 2014, near the Stillwater River in Harrison Township. Zaden, who police say they believe is dead, has not been found.

Harris, 30, was indicted April 30, on gross abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and failure to report a crime.

She is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. May 14.

"This is a heartbreaking and tragic case," Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. "Nichelle McKnight had a bright and promising future and cared deeply for her son, Zaden."

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