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Body of Slain 6-year-old Girl Brought Back to Hernando, Fundraiser Held for Grieving Family

BROOKSVILLE – While many Hernando County Residents are enjoying an evening of Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement demonstrations at National Night Out, family of a slain 6-year-old girl are attending a benefit to help cover the overwhelming cost to bring her home.

The family’s nightmare began on September 9th, when 36-year-old Seth Willis Pickering abducted his daughter, Lila Pickering, from a temporary state custodian in Asheville, North Carolina. Lila had been placed in the state’s care, due to allegations that Seth abused his wife, Ashley Pickering. Ashley fled back to Hernando County to escape Seth’s abuse.

According to the FBI, during a supervised visit with his daughter that Friday, Seth abducted his daughter and fled onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.

While officials were preparing an Amber Alert for Lila, two National Park Rangers located Seth and Lila walking down an embankment. When the Rangers made contact with the two, Seth suddenly turned and stabbed Lila in the chest with a knife. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, Lila died from at the scene from her injuries.

After killing his daughter, Seth told Rangers, “Now they will never be able to take her away from me. She’s happier now… It’s what she wanted.” Seth was taken into custody and charged with Murder.

Lila was brought back to Florida on September 21st and a funeral was held soon after.

Family and friends organized a fundraiser at Rebar in Brooksville this evening; to help cover costs associated with transporting Lila’s body back to Florida, and for her funeral.

We spoke to Lila’s grandmother, Cindy Dabill who said “this still feels like some kind of dream. It’s like we’re all going to wake up and it’s all going to be a lie.” Ashley sat nearby but was too distraught to talk to RNRF about the incident. Dabill said “She’s not doing well at all… It’s just too soon.”

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family recover from the financial burden. Follow this link if you would like to make a donation.

Seth Pickering will be tried in federal court due to the incident occurring on federal property.

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  • Was wondering the same thing, why would the state have the child?? More to the story? Horrific for this poor child and should never hapoened. If supervised visit, where was the supervisor? Why did her mother leave the state?? Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from my children under any circumstances . RIP angel, fly high.

    Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 7:52 am
  • Why was the child in state custody and why did the mother leave her in North Carolina?

    Monday, 3 October 2016, 7:12 pm
  • The family did what they could to raise funds.. I hope Rebel is right, life in prison as somebody’s b****.

    Monday, 3 October 2016, 1:08 pm
  • Haven’t been to a bar in years, howerver back when I did frequent the local watering holes they often held fundraisers for various things. Why do some people think a bar having a fund raiser is odd or wrong?

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 10:15 pm
  • SICK SICK SICK!!! Please get this person off this earth! Oh I could go off but I will respect fb. Sleep tight little one. One one can hurt you anymore! RIP BEAUTIFUL!

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 3:39 pm
  • Hey Tom and tubbs
    Why make us out to be the bads ones cause we do not go to bars
    like the poster said come out to the National Night out
    It might have turned out different

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 2:50 pm
  • This has to be one of the most awful things Ive read in a long time. Having children, and a little girl her age, I can not express how horrified I am. I am speechless with disgust. Parents protect at all costs not harm and hurt. These people are the real monsters in society.

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 10:51 am
  • It’s ok! He will never get a good nite sleep where he is going! He will be beaten everyday until Death as soon as those Inmates find out what he did. and Believe me! THEY WILL

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 8:34 am
  • Such a sad story. Hope he burns in Hell.

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 8:14 am

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 8:01 am
  • The death of a child is always sad. In the arms of angels.

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 7:37 am
  • Evil White Trash i can just look into his eyes and see Evil.

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 2:27 am
  • Pure Evil When you lose a Child this way God will not forgive this man our prayer for her family <3

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 2:11 am
  • You SOB?

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 1:53 am
  • I don’t normally comment but this really struck my heart . I can’t imagine living this nightmare as this innocent childs mother. Some may disagree with me but the only thing that comes close to justice would be to allow Ashley to slowly and painfully kill Seth to his death!!

    Sunday, 2 October 2016, 12:46 am
  • So horrible. Poor little baby girl, and her own daddy took her life! Awful!

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 11:52 pm
  • National night out? fundraiser at a bar?

    That’s why I like Toms reporting, YA he is not a college educated journalist. that’s the best thing about him and his website.

    He tells the news as he sees it. not like the liberal news reporters and journalist spout the news today..
    Keep up the good work TOM. report everything how you see and perceive it sir!

    That the way it is supposed to be told!

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 11:51 pm
    • Nothing against Tom, but you’re saying NOT being college educated is a good thing? Not having a degree?

      Huh. I do hope your doctor is educated if not, then, well interesting.

      Sunday, 2 October 2016, 7:47 pm
  • He deserves the wood chipper!

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 11:06 pm
  • Tom, what does National Night Out have to do with this? Well I say why have a fundraiser at a Bar? See how one has nothing to do with the other? If they would have communicated with the Night Out organizers and had their fundraiser there they could have raised ten times the money.

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 10:21 pm
    • Totally agree!!

      Sunday, 2 October 2016, 12:15 am
    • Indeed

      Sunday, 2 October 2016, 9:32 am
    • A family member works there and asked if they could hold it there.

      Sunday, 2 October 2016, 10:22 am
    • They had it at the bar because I, her uncle, work there as a bouncer and the bar wanted to hold a benefit there for her.

      Sunday, 2 October 2016, 5:50 pm
      • Such a tragic story, I cannot begin to know what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

        Sunday, 2 October 2016, 9:33 pm
  • So sad. Prayers for the family.

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 9:53 pm
  • This is heartbreaking

    Saturday, 1 October 2016, 9:47 pm

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