Four-year-old Kynande's mother, Vartasha "Tasha" McCullough said she last saw Kynande at a K-Mart store at 5:00pm on September 29, 2002 in Whiteville, North Carolina. Tasha and Kynande lived in Conway, South Carolina, but they were in Whiteville visiting Kynande's uncle that day.
At first, Tasha claimed her daughter disappeared in one of the aisles at the store, but she later changed her story, saying that she walked into the store and thought Kynande was behind her, but when she turned around, she was gone. No one remembered seeing Kynande in K-Mart that day and video surveillance images of K-Mart don't show any images of Kynande either.
Police claimed that Tasha and Kynande's father, Eddie Kevin Bennett Jr. were being uncooperative in the investigation of their daughter's disappearance and that there were inconsistencies in their stories.
On the day of Kynande's disappearance, her grandma told the Conway Police Department that she suspected Kynande was being abused, but her parents deny the allegations. Kevin has denied claims that he refused to help out in the investigation, but admitted that he refused to take a polygraph. Tasha took a polygraph, but she failed it and Kevin claims the police are biased against them because of their race.
Kynande's parents were considered suspects in her disappearance. Police got a search warrant on Kynande's house & her family's vehicles. They took blood and saliva samples from both Tasha and Kevin. The police claim the house had been santized with bleach, but found transfer stains (which come from fluid splatters being wiped) and they matched Kynande's DNA.
Kevin and Tasha were arrested in February of 2003, charged with homicide by child abuse in connection of their daughter's case. Investigators have DNA evidence that proves Kynande died in Conway and never went to Whiteville on September 29, 2002.
The charges against Kevin were dropped in October of 2005 due to lack of evidence, but additional charges of unlawful neglect of a child and inflicting great bodily harm on a child were added to Tasha's indictment in December of 2005.
Tasha maintains her innocence and testified in her own defense, claiming she never hurt her daughter. Prosecutors believe that Tasha abused Kynande and caused her daughter's death unintentionally, then she panicked afterwards and attempted to cover up the crime. Tasha was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February of 2006.
Kynande still remains missing and Foul play is considered in her case due to the circumstances involved.
Kynande is described as an intelligent, well-mannered child who could read simple words and count to 30 in September of 2002 and loved SpongeBob.
She has a light complexion, pierced ears, and a birthmark on her arm the size of a seashell. Her name is pronounced "Kee-Nahn-Day" and her hair was in small braids tied with small bows or barrettes. She was last seen wearing a gray FUBU shirt, blue jeans, white socks and black sneakers.
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- Kynande Bennett on Charlie Project.