Man convicted of kidnapping, killing 10-year-old whose remains were found in pond

by Jessica

In a recent development, a 51-year-old man has been found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a young girl whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert and a protracted search until her remains were located in a pond.

After a 14-day bench trial that featured nearly 50 witnesses and hours of testimony, Scott County Judge Henry Latham delivered the verdict, convicting Henry Dinkins of the murder of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.

During Dinkins’ trial, Terrell’s 11-year-old brother, identified as D.L., provided testimony. He recounted the events leading up to his sister’s disappearance, mentioning that he and Terrell had spent the night at Dinkins’ girlfriend’s apartment.

Judge Latham reportedly found this testimony to be significant. The case began when Terrell was reported missing to the Davenport Police on July 10, 2020, having been last seen that morning on the 2700 block of East 53rd Street.

An Amber Alert was issued on July 15, 2020, with Dinkins named as the abductor. However, he was not charged in connection with her disappearance at that time.

Over several months, local, state, and federal investigators tirelessly searched for Terrell. Finally, on March 22, 2021, residents in DeWitt discovered human remains in a pond and promptly contacted law enforcement.

Subsequent identification confirmed the remains belonged to Terrell, leading to Scott County prosecutors charging Dinkins with kidnapping and murder in May 2021. Tragically, the young girl had been fatally shot.

Dinkins is scheduled to be sentenced on October 11. In response to the verdict, Terrell’s mother expressed mixed emotions, saying, “I don’t know how to feel. I feel like I just won the lottery.”

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