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March 1, 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)

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The Latest on death of 10-year-old girl in Maine (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says it can’t comment on claims that former neighbors of a couple accused of fatally beating a 10-year-old girl reported abuse to authorities months ago.

A spokeswoman for the department said Wednesday night that the death of a child under any circumstance “is an incredible loss to both loved ones and our state.” But she says, as with every case, the department can’t comment.

Julio and Sharon Carrillo were ordered held earlier Wednesday on $500,000 bail during their first court appearance. They’re charged with murder in the death of Sharon Carrillo’s 10-year-old daughter, Marrissa Kennedy.

The Carrillos told police they’d beaten the girl for months and they tried to make it appear her death was an accident.

A former neighbor says someone “dropped the ball.”

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4:50 p.m.

Former neighbors of a couple accused of fatally beating a 10-year-old girl say they heard abuse and reported it to police and human services officials.

Julio and Sharon Carrillo were ordered held Wednesday on $500,000 bail during their first court appearance. They’re charged with murder in the death of Sharon Carrillo’s 10-year-old daughter, Marrissa Kennedy.

The Carrillos told police they’d beaten the girl for months and they tried to make it appear her death was an accident.

A prosecutor suggested Wednesday that the beatings amounted to “torture.”

Attorneys for the couple said they intended to look into the validity of their alleged confessions.

A former neighbor said someone “dropped the ball.” A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Health and Human services didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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