The mother of a 4-year-old girl whose remains were found at a North Carolina home last month forced her 13-year-old daughter to help bury her sister in the backyard, according to a search warrant.

The 13-year-old girl told police she was Miegellic’s sister and Bennett’s daughter, the warrant says.

The girl, who police did not name, said Bennett forced Miegellic to stand in the laundry room as punishment for “having a bowel movement in her pants,” the warrant says.

Miegellic stood in the room for three days without sitting down or leaving, according to the document.

The girl told police Miegellic’s breathing “was on and off” by the third day, the warrant says.

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Once she got too weak, Miegellic fell out the back door and hit her head on the ground, the girl told police.

After Miegellic passed out, according to the warrant, the girl said Bennett tried doing CPR without success. That’s when Miegellic died, the girl said.

Bennett placed Miegellic’s body in two black plastic trash bags in the trunk of an SUV, where she remained for five days until the smell became bad, the warrant said.

Bennett then drove the SUV to go buy a shovel, and after digging the hole, made the 13-year-old pick up her sister’s body, place it in the ground and cover it with dirt, the search warrant said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Malikah Bennett, 31, with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, inflicting physical injury and felony concealing a death, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Bennett also has three pending misdemeanor child abuse charges from February 2020, according to a search of public records.




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