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Mother forced 13-year-old daughter to bury abused sister’s body in backyard, according to warrant

The Charlotte mom who made her four year-old daughter stand for three days straight until she died from exhaustion is now being accused of forcing her 13-year-old daughter to bury her little sister in the back yard, according to a recently released arrest warrant.  

Malikah Diane Bennett was charged in North Carolina on May 22 with first-degree murder, felony child abuse, inflicting physical injury and felony concealing a death of her daughter Miegellic ‘Jellie’ Young, according to the Charlotte Observer

Now, Bennett is being accused of forcing her 13-year-old daughter to bury the body of her little sister, according to information revealed from a newly released warrant.

The preteen girl, who was one of six children who lived in the home with Bennett and her boyfriend, told authorities that after Miegellic died, the mother placed the body into two black plastic trash bags before putting the bags in the trunk of her SUV, where they was left for five days.

The tot’s body was kept in Bennett’s car ‘until the smell became so bad,’ that she was forced to purchase a shovel at a nearby store, which was then used to dig a hole in their back yard, the warrant states.  

The body of her daughter, Miegellic Young, 4, was found buried in her yard in May

Malikah Bennett, 31 (left), has been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and concealing death. The body of her daughter, Miegellic Young (right), 4, was found buried in her yard in May

Police acting on tips performed a welfare check on May 21 and found Miegellic buried in a shallow grave in Bennett's yard in Charlotte, North Carolina (pictured)

Police acting on tips performed a welfare check on May 21 and found Miegellic buried in a shallow grave in Bennett’s yard in Charlotte, North Carolina (pictured)

The 13-year-old was then forced to pick up her dead sister’s body and bury it herself.

The little girl’s body remained in the homemade grave until police, acting on a tip, came looking for Miegellic in late May. 

‘Jellie’ was last seen alive around nine months ago in August or September 2020, but her remains were only discovered last month on her mother’s property in Charlotte, leading to the 31-year-old’s arrest. 

Court records state that Miegellic collapsed from exhaustion and hit her head after being forced to stand for three days as ‘punishment’ for soiling her pants.    

Just days later, police made a second arrest, charging Miegellic’s grandmother, 53-year-old Tammy Moffett, with concealing a death and accessory after the fact. 

‘I’ve worked homicide most of the last 10 years and I can tell you this case is deeply disturbing,’ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Lieutenant Bryan Crum said during a press conference last month.  

Miegellic's grandmother, Tammy Moffett, 53, faces charges of concealing a death and accessory after the fact

Miegellic’s grandmother, Tammy Moffett, 53, faces charges of concealing a death and accessory after the fact

According to arrest warrants cited by WSOC, police officers responded to Bennett’s home on Braden Drive, where she lived with at least eight children, for a welfare check on May 21, after a child protective services case worker called 911, asking police to find Miegellic.

The caller reportedly told the police that family members had not seen the four-year-old since August 2020.

Detectives interviewed a man who reportedly told them that Bennett had informed him that Miegellic was dead, but that she did not report her death because the child had injuries on her body and she was afraid she would get in trouble.

According to the documents, Bennett had a history of child abuse complaints involving her and her children, including three pending misdemeanor child abuse charges stemming from February 2020, NBC12 reported. 

When police interviewed Bennett, she allegedly told then that she dropped Miegellic off with another relative in August and had not seen her since. 

After three days of standing, the four-year-old grew so weak that she fell out the back door of the room and struck her head on the ground.

After the collapse, her sister said that Miegellic had trouble breathing and died the same day, according to the warrant.

Bennett allegedly attempted CPR on the child but could not do it. 

Arrests warrants allege that Bennett forced Miegellic to stand for three days, after which the child collapsed from exhaustion, hit her head and stopped breathing in August 2020

Miegellic was made to stand as punishment

Arrests warrants allege that Bennett forced Miegellic to stand for three days, after which the child collapsed from exhaustion, hit her head and stopped breathing in August 2020

Miegellic's 13-year-old sister told police she helped her mother bury the girl in a hole in the backyard

Miegellic’s 13-year-old sister told police she helped her mother bury the girl in a hole in the backyard

The older sister then told police that Bennett went out to buy a shovel, dug a hole in the yard, put her sibling’s rotting corpse inside before forcing her to help with the burial. 

When police acting on tips searched Bennett’s property on May 21, they uncovered Miegellic’s body in the yard. The girl reportedly was covered in bruises, had black eyes and serious injuries.

They searched Bennett’s home and the SUV, and were said to have found evidence of human remains, seized a shovel and a cellphone. 


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