Madalina Cojocari: Parents of a missing 11-year-old boy arrested for not reporting the boy’s disappearance


The parents of missing North Carolina girl Madalina Cojocari, 11, 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 missing to law enforcement, police said. Both Cojocari and Palmiter are being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, records show.

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

She was last seen wearing jeans; pink, purple and white Adidas shoes; and a white T-shirt and jacket, authorities said. The FBI described her as 4 feet 10 inches and weighing 90 pounds, and a photo released to the public shows a girl with a soft smile wearing a T-shirt that says, “I can change the world with love.”

CNN has not been able to reach Cojocari or Palmiter.

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