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New Orleans, La. - Matthew Flugence remains behind bars without bond in the murder of 6-year-old Ahlittia North of Harvey. Authorities are asking anyone with information on other possible victims or criminal activity by the suspect to come forward.
Flugence was arrested Tuesday night and found with a knife. He confessed to the stabbing death of the girl during an interview with investigators, according to Sheriff Newell Normand.
Normand said when Flugence was confronted by news media outside the jail, he showed no remorse.
"I am relieved that he's been arrested, because now he can't do that to nobody else's kid," said Lisa North-Hill, Ahlittia mother.
She is trying to get through something no parent should ever have to confront.
"I just want to know why? What made him do that? She wasn't that type of kid that you would think about hurting. She was always friendly," said North-Hill.
Ahlittia's body turned up in a trash bin during the wee hours of Tuesday morning just doors away from her family's apartment.
"He admitted to the murder of Ahlittia North, we had an extensive interview with him where he confirmed many of the details surrounding this happenstance that we already knew about," Normand said.
During a midday news conference, the sheriff made note of the suspect's demeanor.
"Matthew, this morning when asked by one of you - one of the reporters - as he was going through the sally-port into the booking facility, was asked, 'did you kill Ahlittia North?' His response was, 'and I f'd your mother, too,'" Normand said.
Normand said Flugence gave them his account of how he encountered the child.
"We're not exactly sure at this point in time whether she was lured," Normand said. "His story is that in the very early morning hours, I think his exact words were around sunrise, you know, that he happened to see her out and about, and that he was out and about walking through the neighborhood at that point in time."
Flugence is the nephew of the victim's stepfather, Albert Hill.
"It's real hard, you know, because if you can't trust your family who can you trust? And I never thought he would do something like that," Hill said.
Before the arrest, Flugence was wanted for the alleged sexual battery of an 11-year-old Harvey girl in a separate case.
"I never knew before that he had charges or anything for doing something else to somebody else's child," said North-Hill.
"I practically raised him like a child, you know, and it's a trip, you know?" said the stepfather.
With their hearts shattered, the family has turned to its spiritual leader for guidance.
"I'm very angry because I don't understand his reason, you know? Even if you have a reason, it's still no reason," said North-Hill.
"Through prayer and just support, being there for them - and that's one thing I stress is that we have to continue to pray. I mean, our hearts are hurting," said Pastor Allen Brown.
The sheriff said before the arrest of Flugence, they located the child's toothbrush and her comforter near the back of the apartment complex. Those items disappeared when she did.
"Just really trying to keep it together, every time I think about it, it gets harder and harder," said the victim's mother.
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