Harris sentenced for using murdered mom’s debit cards


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton woman who was using a murdered mother’s debit cards was sentenced Thursday morning.

Tonisha Harris will spend 10 months behind bars. She must also pay back $2,768.15 to J.P. Morgan Chase.

Harris was found guilty of identity theft charges.

She was using Nichelle McKnight’s cards.

Investigators say she and McKnight were in a relationship with the same man.

McKnight disappeared and was later found murdered.

The man, Antwan Anderson, committed suicide before police could question him.

The remaining question in this case is where is McKnight’s 4-year old son.

Zaden McKnight is still missing. Community members conducted several searches in recent months to find the boy, but no luck.

Team Zaden was at the courthouse wearing t-shirts asking “Where’s Zaden?”  Nichelle McKnight’s mother was also there, but was too emotional to speak.

Harris however did speak to the family and Team Zaden.

“I do have a criminal history and I always say ‘Oh,I learned my lesson. I learned my lesson’ and I’m so sorry that the victim’s family is experiencing the pain that they’re experiencing,” the woman explained and apologized.

Since 2007, Harris has committed at least 3 felony crimes: receiving stolen property, property theft of stolen cash and checks and check forgery.

A judge ordered her to an intervention program, but that did not stop her from returning to her old ways.

Thursday, another set of victims watched her sentencing and the judge had hard advice for Harris

“This time, when you finish this prison sentence, once and for all, stop this theft behavior,” the judge recommended.

Harris could face up to 3 years of probation, following the completion of her sentence.

If she commits any other crimes during that time, then she’ll face a tougher sentence.

Meanwhile the McKnight family and Team Zaden continue their search through Texas Equusearch to bring the child to rest.

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