Man arrested in 6-year-old La. girl's death

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Lisa North, the mother of missing 6-year-old Ahlittia North, is comforted by her mother, Rene' Johnson, right, and others, after she says Jefferson Parish authorities have found the body of her daughter in a Harvey trash bin, in Harvey, La., Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Ahlittia disappeared from her apartment late Friday night or early Saturday morning. North's husband Albert Hill said they were told the body was found in a trash bin not far from their apartment. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man accused of killing a 6-year-old Louisiana girl whose body was found stabbed and beaten inside a trash bin.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says Matthew Flugence was arrested Tuesday night in Westwego, just outside New Orleans.

Normand says the 20-year-old Flugence was carrying a knife when he was arrested but did not resist deputies.

Flugence faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Ahlittia (UH-lih-tee-uh) North. He also was wanted on a charge of sexual battery involving an 11-year old girl.

North disappeared late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Her body was found early Tuesday morning in a trash bin just feet from the apartment where she lived.