MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) - The two children facing juvenile charges connected to the death of a 5-year-old told police the family would "whip" the child together, according to court documents obtained by sister station WISH-TV.
The 14-year-old boy accused in the case told Muncie Police investigators that Marie had "behavior problems" including "not eating, throwing up at will and urinating in her clothes." As a result, the boy said family members would collectively whip Marie with an electrical cord. He also said they pinched her with pliers, hit her with a hammer and then burned the edges of her wound.
The 11-year-old girl who is also facing juvenile charges said Marie was forced to sleep on the dining room floor and "punished for bad behavior." She also said all members of the family would whip Marie.
Marie's death was ruled a homicide. Charlene and Marcus Tabb are the adults charged in the case. Charlene is Marie's cousin, and the two children charged are Charlene's siblings.
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