Body of 5-year-old child found in Highlands County lake, mother charged

Body of 5-year-old child found in Highlands County lake, mother charged
Chance Peterkin, Age 5. (Source: HSO)

SEBRING, Fla. (WWSB) - The body of a 5-year-old boy was found in Lake Lelia overnight, Highlands County Sheriff’s officials confirm. The boy’s mother is now facing murder charges.

5-year-old Chance Peterkin and his mother, Philletta Moransit were reported missing Thursday evening.

Sheriff Paul Blackman, who had been on a boat searching for several hours, located Chance in the water around 12:20 a.m., ending an extensive search of the area in and around the lake. The search involved deputies on foot, ATVs and multiple K-9s scouring the wooded area near both Lake Lelia and Lake Glenada.

Moransit was located shortly before 8 p.m. on the campus of South Florida State College, but officials say she was uncooperative with the investigation. Some of her clothing was found near the water. Moransit has been booked into jail and is now facing charges of child neglect and homicide.

ABC7 has requested an affidavit from the Highlands County Sheriff’s office and will update this story are more information is received.

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