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Police: Parents beat girl regularly, tried to cover up death

February 27, 2018

A photo provided Tuesday, Feb.. 27, 2018 by the Waldo County Jail in Maine shows 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo. Sharon Carillo and Juan Carillo, mother and stepfather of Marrissa Kennedy, were arrested Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 and charged with murder in the death of 10-year-old Kennedy, who was found dead Sunday at the condo complex where the family was staying in Stockton Springs, Maine. (Waldo County, Maine Jail via AP)

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine (AP) — Investigators say a mother and stepfather beat a 10-year-old girl for months and staged a scene in their home to make it appear that her death was an accident.

An autopsy indicates Marrissa Kennedy was a victim of battered child syndrome whose injuries including bleeding on the brain and a lacerated liver.

A state police affidavit indicates 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo and 51-year-old Julio Carrillo took turns beating her, once breaking a mop handle on her ribs.

The Carrillos were charged with murder on Monday and are due in court Wednesday in Waldo County. It’s unknown if they have a lawyer.

The affidavit indicates the couple told police the girl fell in the basement but later acknowledged trying to cover up the beatings that led to her death.

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