5-Year-Old Indiana Girl Beaten To Death By Cousins 11 And 14; Child Found With More Than 80 Marks On Her Body
Marie Sadlyne B. Pierre, 5, was found dead in the home of her 29-year-old cousin and caregiver, Charlene Tabb this past Saturday, beaten to death with more than 80 marks (including marks around her nipples, which looked to possibly have been pinched with pliers) and open sores on her body. So who are the monsters behind such an attack on the little girl? Her 11-year-old and 14-year-old cousins.
According to reports, the abuse against Marie that killed her took place after she was attacked by her cousins with pliers, a hammer, screwdrivers, a belt and other brutal items in Charlene Tabb’s Muncie, Indiana home. Allegedly, the abuse against her started in May, and it took place as punishment against the child for throwing up, peeing on herself and “smarting off.” Investigators say that the two children testified on Wednesday that they beat her after being pushed to do so by the owner of the home, and their older cousin, Charlene Tabb. She, along with her husband Marcus Tabb (who is 53), were unofficial guardians of Marie, who was a Haitian national and had been abandoned by her father last summer while her mother is reportedly still in Haiti. While the children were in court yesterday, their biological parents made a tearful appearance, yet when Marie’s father who walked out on her showed up, he allegedly didn’t show much emotion.
Because they clearly were negligent and allowed Marie to be abused in that home, both parties in Charlene and Marcus Tabb have been charged with preliminary neglect of a dependent causing death, which could come with a maximum 30-year sentence if found guilty. According to The Daily Mail, they could also face murder charges as well.
As for the two children singled out as Marie’s abusers, the 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old sister were charged with aggravated battery by the Delaware County Juvenile Court System. According to the Indianapolis Star, if found guilty in juvenile court, both of the children could be held in custody until they’re 21. Other children who were living in the home at the time (with ages ranging from 5 to 16) were placed in Child Protective Services for the time being.
This is such a truly sad and terrible story, and for someone who decided to take this child in to order her family members to attack an innocent little girl for doing things 5-year-olds do is horrendous. One precious life lost and two others ruined. Such a shame.