Mother, stepfather charged, accused of not reporting 11-year-old’s disappearance

The FBI is now helping local police search for an 11-year-old girl who was last seen last month.

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WSOC reported that Madalina Cojocari was reported missing on Dec. 15 by her parents to her middle school’s resource officer.

But she was last seen at her Cornelius, North Carolina, home on Nov. 23, CNN reported.

However, Madalina’s mother and stepfather are now facing charges for not reporting her disappearance to law enforcement.

Christopher Palmiter was jailed on a $100,000 bond. Her mother, Diana Cojocari, was also jailed on a $100,000 bond and both are being held at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

Neither the Cornelius Police Department nor the FBI said why there was a delay in reporting Madalina missing.

She was described as 4 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 90 pounds.

Madalina was wearing jeans; pink, purple, and white Adidas shoes; a white T-shirt; and a jacket, the FBI said.