Donations Pay For Murdered Girl's Father To Come To Fort Wayne

By Corinne Rose
By Maureen Mespell

December 29, 2011 Updated Dec 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The father of murdered 9-year old Aliahna Lemmon, Dawayne Maroney, is reportedly on his way to Fort Wayne from his home in Iowa to be here when his daughter is buried.

Published reports say residents in his small town donated money for him to come here and cover his expenses.

The Associated Press reports Maroney told them he knew 39-year old Michael Plumadore and trusted him, and also said he had not talked to Aliahna or her mother recently because they changed their phone number frequently.

Plumadore is preliminarily charged with Aliahna's murder and is scheduled to be formally charged Friday morning.

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