Lincoln County man faces murder, kidnapping charges

Published 11:06 am Friday, June 14, 2024

A Lincoln County man has been arrested and faces murder and kidnapping charges after a woman and child were found dead, and another child was recovered alive.

The search for the two Louisiana girls, who were abducted after their mother was killed, ended with the capture of the suspect in Mississippi’s Capital City.

The suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Callihan, was captured in Jackson on Boozier Drive after a chase, according to Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade. Callihan’s last-known address was on Mount Zion Road in Lincoln County.

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Four-year-old Erin Brunett was found in a wooded area. She was deceased. Her sister, Jalie Brunett, age 6, was taken to a Jackson hospital for treatment.

“Horrible, horrible, tragic situation. You don’t want to see that as a chief. You don’t want to see that as a father, to see this baby that is on the ground that has lost her life,” Wade said. “This is an innocent 4-year-old child that’s no longer with us because of the actions of a coward, a coward who took this child from her family.”

Chief Wade said there was evidence of possible human trafficking at the location on Boozier Drive, including small animal cages. Jackson Police have contacted the Human Trafficking Divisions of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Hinds County to assess the scene.

An Amber Alert had been issued for the two girls who were abducted after their mother was killed in Loranger, Louisiana, on Thursday.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said the body of 35-year-old Callie Brunett was found by her father on the floor of her bedroom inside her locked mobile home on North Cooper Road, after having been reported missing by her parents 24 hours earlier. They had last spoken to her Tuesday morning.

According to Louisiana State Police, the children were abducted before 8 a.m., and Callihan is suspected of killing the mother. Callihan is being held temporarily in Rankin County Jail.

Wade said he did not believe Callihan was the girls’ father.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Jackson Police, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, FBI or Crime Stoppers.

WJTV contributed to this story.