As police began investigating the death of Janaya Thompson, 5, many allegations were thrown around on social media.
According to Gulfport Police, a man who is not a suspect at this time was accused of being involved in the girl’s murder by some of the victim's family members and by people on social media. Police say that man was cooperative and did not have the scratches and bite marks witnesses reported and was released.
Leonard Papania, Gulfport Police Chief, says, “This individual has been cooperating with authorities and has been interviewed and examined. Initial reports relating to this individual’s physical conditions are not accurate. He is not a suspect.”
Police warn these kinds of allegations can cause harm to innocent individuals and want the public to be patient with their investigation.