Child Slain

Father arrested in girl's slaying at parochial school

The father of a seven-year-old girl found slain at her New York parochial school has been charged with second-degree murder. Police in Highland Falls, New York, say 27-year-old Chris Rhodes was arrested last night and is being held without bail. A news conference has been scheduled for later today. Highland Falls is 50 miles north of New York City. The body of first-grader Jerica Rhodes was found with stab wounds yesterday morning by an employee at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School. Highland Falls Police Chief Peter Miller tells NBC's "Today" show the father was one of the last people with his daughter and forensic evidence linked him to the killing. Police say Rhodes dropped Jerica off at school and she wasn't seen again until her body was discovered. Rhodes is on probation for a misdemeanor drug offense. His father is a former police chief in Highland Falls.