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Mom ‘made daughter bury corpse of sister who was forced to stand for 3 days’

A MOTHER accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter by forcing her to stand for three days straight in a laundry room made the girl’s 13-year-old sister assist her in burying the toddler’s remains in the backyard, according to a police search warrant. 

Malikah Bennett, 31, is being charged for the torturous murder of Miegellic “Jelli” Young. 

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Miegellic “Jelli” Young was only four years old when she was murdered by her mother who allegedly tortured her child before she fell to the ground and diedCredit: Facebook
The child's accused murdering mother, Malikah Bennett, 31, allegedly forced her 13-year-old daughter to help her bury the child's decomposed body in the backyard of their Charlotte, North Carolina home

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The child’s accused murdering mother, Malikah Bennett, 31, allegedly forced her 13-year-old daughter to help her bury the child’s decomposed body in the backyard of their Charlotte, North Carolina homeCredit: WSOC-TV 9

Bennett’s 53-year-old mother, Tammy Moffett, was also charged with concealing a death and accessory to murder after the fact.

She died a year ago but her remains hidden in a shallow grave in the backyard of her mother’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina weren’t found until a social worker alerted police to search the home last month.

According to a search warrant, investigators interviewed Miegellic’s 13-year-old sister who accused Bennett of forcing Miegellic to suffer while standing in the laundry room for three days straight last August.

The little girl ended up soiling herself and collapsing from exhaustion – striking her head on the ground. 

Bennett's mother, Tammy Moffett, 53, is facing concealing a death and accessory after the fact of murder charges

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Bennett’s mother, Tammy Moffett, 53, is facing concealing a death and accessory after the fact of murder chargesCredit: WSOC-TV 9
The child allegedly suffered for three days straight in a laundry room last August

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The child allegedly suffered for three days straight in a laundry room last AugustCredit: WSOC-TV 9

Afterward, the warrant claims their mother cleaned the Miegellic’s body before wrapping it in two black plastic trash bags in the trunk of an SUV. 

She was left there for five days until decomposition started to create a foul odor, the warrant stated, according to the Associated Press.

Bennet stands accused of then driving the car to purchase a shovel and then returning to the home to dig a hole.

The mother allegedly ordered the 13-year-old to pick up her sister’s remains, and put her into the ground, filling it with dirt.

Nine months would pass before Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on May 21, discovered the small child’s body and the shovel her mom purchased to make her corpse disappear.  

Lucille Puckett, a family friend, described the Miegellic’s abuse and death as “torture.”

Bennett is facing first-degree murder, felony child abuse, inflicting physical injury and felony concealing a death, jail records show

She also has three pending misdemeanor child abuse charges from February of last year.

Charlotte family hosts candlelight vigil for 4-year-old Majelic Young



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