Amberly Barnett: Family says little girl, 11, was ‘brutally’ killed and her body hidden in the woods behind home [Report]

A Georgia mom is speaking out after her 11-year-old little girl was found dead on Saturday, leaving a small community shaken and desperate for answers.

Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News reports that the family of little Amberly Barnett said her body was found in woods behind the home she disappeared from, her aunt’s home in Collinsville, Alabama. Although authorities have yet to officially announced the details of the tragic death, Amberly’s family said they were told her death was “brutal.”

CrimeOnline spoke with Dekalb County PIO, Tyler Pruitt, who could not confirm at this time whether the case was a homicide investigation.

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“Nobody should bury their 11-year-old child,” Amberly’s mother, Jonie Barnett, of Cedartown, told the news station. “Nobody should have hurt her.”

Jonie and Amberly Barnett [Facebook]
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Amberly was last seen at her aunt’s house, off of County Rd 822 in Collinsville, on Friday at around 6 p.m. A dark-colored SUV was spotted close to her home around the time she vanished, according to a family member. Pruitt, however, said they have no confirmation of the SUV yet, aside from a family member reporting it.

A search continued throughout the night as a search team combed through DeKalb County and into Georgia. The little girl’s body was found at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

“At approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning, the deceased body of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett was located,” Sheriff Nick Welden said during a Saturday press conference. “Due to the current investigation, we are limited on the information that we are able to release.”

Weldon added that authorities are working diligently to solve the case and give the little girl’s family answers.

“Come and do it to me!” Jonie said, explaining that she would take her daughter’s place if she could. “Don’t do it to her. Don’t take my baby.”

Pruitt told CrimeOnline that authorities are still investigating the case and could possibly have an update by this afternoon.

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[Feature Photo: Amberly Barnett/Handout]