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Mum ‘kills daughter, 4, by making her stand for days then makes sister bury her’

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A sadistic mum forced her four-year-old daughter to remain standing for days until she died, and then made her older daughter help bury her body, police say.

Malikah Bennett, 31, is facing charges of first degree murder and child abuse in connection to the death of her daughter, Miegellic “Jelli” Young, last year.

The four-year-old girl’s body was found in the back garden of the family’s property in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2020.

Several family members have been revealed to have helped to cover up the death, as detailed by numerous arrest warrants.

Jelli was one of six children who lived with Bennett and her boyfriend.

Her 13-year-old sister told police their mother forced Jelli to stand in the family's laundry room as punishment for having a bowel movement in her clothing.

The teen, who has not been named, told police that after three days of being forced to stand upright the toddler fell out of the back door and hit her head on the ground.

She also told police that Bennett attempted CPR, but did not actively call for any help or assistance.

After the toddler had died her mother allegedly washed her body and placed it in two black bin bags before concealing her in the trunk of the SUV they drove.

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Jelli’s body was left in the SUV for five days until Bennet drove to a local store to buy a shovel, which she would then allegedly make her other daughter use to help bury the child.

After Bennett had dug the hole where she would conceal the child’s body, the 13-year-old says she was made to pick up her dead sister, place her in the hole and cover her with dirt.

Bennett's evil actions weren’t discovered until child protective services asked police for a welfare check on the family.

Her initial strategy was to lie and she told police that she had dropped Jelli off with a family member.

However a warrant said a witness had told detectives Bennett had revealed to him that the child was dead.

Bennett’s mother Tammy Taylor Moffett, 53, was also arrested for concealing a death and accessory to murder.

Family members other than the 13-year-old sibling claimed to have been unaware of what had happened.

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