A man is in police custody after his daughter was found dead in the Los Angeles River.
The Inglewood Police Department began an investigation late Sunday night after a woman called to report a missing person.
Around 10:45 p.m., police arrived at the woman’s home on the 300 block of N. Market Street where they contacted the grandmother of a 1-year-old girl who was missing.
The woman told police that her 22-year-old son, Jayveyon Burley, went to Long Beach to pick up his two children from their mother. When he returned to their home in Inglewood, only one of the children was with him.
On Monday, Inglewood police, working alongside the Long Beach Police Department, recovered the remains Leilani Dream Burley from the Los Angeles River, just below the Ocean Boulevard Bridge in Long Beach.
Jayveon Burley was immediately arrested and booked into the Inglewood Police Department Jail where awaits charges of murder and child endangerment.
His bail is set at $215,000, according to inmate records. Officials say he is due in court on Wednesday.
Lynisha Hull is the mother of Leilani. She said that Jayveon had never hurt either of their children and was always very overprotective of them. She said his actions have left her shocked and confused.
“She was so full of life,” Hull said Tuesday. “She loved music, books, she loved to dance, she loved giving high fives.”
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Inglewood homicide detectives at 310-412-5246. Anonymous tips can be made through the 24-hour tip line at 888-412-7463.
The other child, Leilani’s 3-year-old brother, was unharmed and is back with his mother.