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Mother, stepfather arrested for allegedly failing to report 11-year-old missing in North Carolina

CORNELIUS, N.C. — A mother and stepfather have been arrested for allegedly failing to report their 11-year-old girl missing in Cornelius, North Carolina.

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The Cornelius Police Department said that they are investigating the disappearance of 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari. Her parents reported her missing to a school resource officer at Bailey Middle School on Dec.15, according to WSOC.

The FBI announced on Friday that they will be assisting CPD with its search for Madalina Cojocari who was last seen at her house on Nov. 23, according to WSOC.

On Saturday, CPD announced that they arrested Christopher Palmiter, Madalina Cojocari’s stepfather, for failure to report her missing. He is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to WSOC. Madalina Cojocari’s mother, Diana Cojocari, 37, was also arrested for failure to report her missing to law enforcement.

According to WSOC. CPD said that Madalina Cojocari was last seen wearing jeans; pink, purple and white Adidas shoes; a white T-shirt and a jacket. She is 4 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighs about 90 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Madalina Cojocari’s whereabouts is asked to call CPD at 704-892-7773.

The investigation is ongoing.