MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH/AP) - Officials have ruled a 5-year-old Muncie girl's death a homicide.
Gruesome details are emerging in the death of the Delaware County 5-year-old. According to a probable cause affidavit, the young child was found lying on her back in the kitchen with open sores on her swollen hands. Additionally, the girl had odd markings on her body.
The girl's identity is being withheld pending notification of her family. The Associated Press reports the girl was from Haiti and that the birth mother still lives in the Caribbean nation.
The girl's guardians, Marcus and Charlene Tabb, are being held without bond in the Delaware County Jail on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury.
Officials say Charlene Tabb is the cousin of the deceased girl.
The pair told investigators neither of them were present at the home at the time of the incident.
The only people at home at the time of the homicide were four other juveniles, ranging in age from 5 to 16-years old. Officials do not yet know what the relationship between the children is.
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