A North Carolina woman is charged for killing a 4-year-old girl and forcing her 13-year-old daughter to help bury her in the backyard of her home, according to search warrants.
On May 21, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found Miegellic “Jelli” Young’s remains buried outside her mother’s home in Braden Drive. Search warrants obtained by the FOX46 reveals details leading up to Miegellic’s final days. The warrant states that she had lived with her 31-year-old mother Malikah Bennett, her boyfriend and seven other children in the home since August 2020.
Bennett’s teen daughter(who remains anonymous) told police that Miegellic was forced to stand in the laundry room as punishment for soiling herself. She stood in the room for three days without sitting down or leaving, and by the third day her breathing was “on and off”, the Observer reports. The teen told police that once she got too weak, Miegellic fell out the back door and hit her head on the ground. Bennett tried performing CPR without success.
According to the teen girl, Bennett washed the girl’s dead body and put her into two black plastic trash bags. Bennett then put the body in the trunk of an SUV for several days before she buried the girl with her teen daughter’s help.
Authorities were eventually tipped off when a child protective services worker reported having not seen the Miegellic since August of last year. Their report ultimately led to the discovery of the little girl’s remains.
Police have also arrested Bennett’s mother, Tammy Taylor Moffett, for concealing and being an accessory in the the death of her granddaughter.
Bennett now faces murder charges in connection with her daughter’s death, along with facing three other pending misdemeanor child abuse charges from February 2020.