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Teen’s body was in bag, police say

CLEVELAND — An Ohio man charged with killing a teenage girl stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother — even offering the woman a chance to ‘‘buy a baby thing’’ — before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.

Ricki D. Williams IV, 18, of Youngstown, was held without bond after a court hearing Wednesday in the June 23 death of 16-year-old Gina Burger. Investigators said he confessed to killing the girl, whose body was found in a Pennsylvania landfill two days later.

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Burger was stabbed inside an apartment at a complex in the Youngstown suburb of Austintown where she lived with her mother, police said. Another woman helped Williams dispose of the body under threat of death, according to police.

Williams is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping. More charges are expected, said Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier.

Jaqueline Bacher reported her daughter missing around 11 p.m. on June 23, three hours after Burger had left their apartment to borrow bags for iced tea.

A police report said Bacher told officers that while she waited outside for an officer to take a missing person’s report, she saw Williams walk out of another apartment struggling to carry what appeared to be a bag used to store a portable playpen. Bacher told police that Williams asked her if she ‘‘wanted to buy a baby thing.’’

A worker found Burger’s body June 25 at a landfill in Mercer County, Pa., about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh.

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