North Carolina Mother And Grandmother Faces Charges In Toddler's Tortured Death [Details]
During last year's lockdown measures a 4-year-old girl was reportedly tortured to death by her mother. Migellic “Jellie” Young's body was only discovered last week buried in the yard of her mother's home in Charleston, North Carolina.
"The Charleston Press released some of the details of the 4-year-olds final day as reported by her sister:
The mother of the girl, later identified as Malikah Bennett, allegedly abused the girl before the death when she punished Young to stand in the laundry room for three days straight. When questioned by police, Young’s 13-year-old sister said the mother didn’t allow her to sit down or leave, and over time, her breathing became labored.
Young’s sister added that she fell on the ground from exhaustion, hitting her head on the ground. That was the day when Young died.
According to the police statement, Bennett washed the dead body, put in two plastic bags and left the body in her SUV for a couple of days. Bennett then forced Young’s sister to help her dig a hole in their backyard and buried her."
A Second Arrest:
Thursday, police announced a second person, 53-year-old Tammy Moffett, was charged in the case. Moffett was interviewed and charged with concealing a death and accessory after the fact (murder).
“I’ve worked homicide most of the last 10 years and I can tell you this case is deeply disturbing,” said CMPD Lt. Bryan Crum. “It’s disturbing to everyone who’s worked it. Crime scene investigators, detectives, everyone involved in this case – many of us are parents, and it’s very difficult to understand how someone could do this to their child, kill their child and bury them and move on with their life as if nothing happened.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the child was last seen at her mother’s home for a visit in September. Since then, they received reports that the little girl hadn’t been seen for some time, according to WBTV.
“I mean gone for so long. I’m a mother myself,” neighbor Shanetta Bunting said. “If my child was gone one day, I would be losing it, so I just can’t imagine what the family is dealing with right now in knowing something has happened and it was right there in front of their faces in a sense.”
Officers contacted the Missing Person’s Unit and “Very quickly they become concerned foul play may have been involved,” said CMPD Lieutenant Stephen Fischbach. “...Certainly that’s concerning when no one can account for a child that amount of time.”
Detectives note that they are still waiting on a full report from the medical examiner to determine the full extent of what this poor child endured in her short life. According to reports, I don't believe the mother should have had any contact with the child— Or any child. Bennett, the girl’s mother, has three pending misdemeanor child abuse charges from February 2020, according to a search of public records.
A group of Jellie’s loved ones gathered outside the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Monday demanding that Bennett is kept in jail with no bond. The family members at the courthouse said Jellie returned to live with her mother in the fall, and that was the last time they said they saw the girl.
The "Silent Pandemic":
A study by Archives of Disease in Childhood revealed that the pandemic causes a rise in new child abuse cases by "1493% compared to previous years.
"In just one month, the number of new cases rose by 1493% compared with the same period in the previous three years, pointing to a “silent pandemic” in 2020, suggest the authors.
They compared the numbers of new cases of head injury caused by physical abuse among very young children seen between 23 March and 23 April this year and the same period in 2017, 2018, and 2019."
Those are just the cases that were reported.