Police: Human Remains Found at House of Missing Dubuque Girl's Mother

Tamelia Shonte Harris (left) and Cecilia Denise Harris (right)


By Becky Ogann

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DUBUQUE - Dubuque police say they have found human remains at the residence of the mother of a missing toddler.

On Thursday, police searched the residence of Tamelia Shonte Harris, who's 20-month-old daughter, Cecilia Denise Harris is the subject of a police search.

Police report that during an exterior search of the property at 1970 St. Joseph Street, investigators located what they believe to be human remains. one investigator told TV9 that the bones they found in the backyard appear to be consistent with those of a small child. The remains were sent to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office for processing and identification.

Investigators hauled away several items from the home, including a fire pit.

Tamelia Harris is currently in the custody of the Dubuque County Jail on a charge of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person. Her bond is $250,000.

Tamelia Harris was charged with negligence after allegedly giving investigators false information about the whereabouts of the girl.

Authorities say Harris told investigators she sent Cecilia to live with her grandmother in North Carolina. When reached by police, Mary Drummond said she hadn't seen the child.

Harris later said she sent the girl to live with her friend, Shamika Davis of Davenport.

Harris' six other children are in the care of the Department of Human Services.

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