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BPD: Mother found dead on I-95 was murdered in same home where daughter's body was discovered

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Jun 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-09 08:54:35-04

BALTIMORE — Police say a woman found dead on the side of I-95 last year was killed in the same Southwest Baltimore home where her young daughter's body was discovered just days prior.

Danielle Shanae Parnell is the biological mother of three-year-old My’royal Bennett.

Back in April 2022 My’royal was found murdered inside a home that had been set on fire on Vancouver Road.

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Four days later a construction worker noticed a woman lying along I-95 by the Cecil and Harford County line. It was Danielle.

At the time investigators were unsure of how she ended up there.

Although detectives have still not officially confirmed whether the mother and daughter's slayings are connected, Wednesday is the first time they revealed both My'royal and Danielle were killed at the same location.

We've also now learned police made an arrest in May 2022 in connection with My'Royal's case.

According to charging documents, 26-year-old Anthya Barnett lived in the townhouse with My'Royal and Danielle.

She was seen leaving the area in a U-Haul truck with her three children around the time flames broke out.

Detectives said Barnett admitted to lighting a basement mattress on fire with My'Royal underneath it.

She claims My'Royal was already unconscious, but police say she was burnt alive.

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So far Barnett has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. She remains committed and has another court hearing scheduled June 14.

It remains unclear if Danielle was murdered the same day, and if so, by who.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $6000 for information leading to her killer's arrest.

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Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.