MIAMI – A Miami Beach police officer has been identified as the father of a 4-year-old girl found dead in a dumpster.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Miami Beach police officials asked that the privacy of 27-year-old Officer Leon Paige "be respected during this very difficult time."
A man throwing out garbage at an apartment complex found Tania Paige's body on Sunday. Her 31-year-old mother, Tina Farrington, is charged with first-degree murder.
An arrest report says Farrington suffocated Tania on Halloween after becoming angry with her, and hid the body in the trunk of her car until noticing a foul odor.
The Miami Herald reported that Leon Paige and Farrington were involved a legal dispute after she accused him of abusing their 2-year-old son.
Jail records don't list a lawyer for Farrington.