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Stepmother of missing Indiana girl found dead in shed charged with murder

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 09:22:53-04

GAS CITY, Ind. — The stepmother of a 10-year-old Indiana girl who was found dead after going missing has been formally charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death and strangulation.

Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested in connection with the homicide of Skylea Carmack on Wednesday. Skylea's body was found in a shed behind her home, covered in a plastic trash bag, around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Skylea's death was a result of strangulation, according to the Grant County Coroner. She died Saturday — four days before she was found by Indiana State Police.

When questioned by detectives about whether she had done anything to Skylea, Carmack reportedly stated, "I don't remember" or "It doesn't matter," according to court documents.

Eventually, Carmack admitted she killed the 10-year-old in the barn behind their house. Carmack described choking Skylea with her hand and then tying "something" around Skylea's neck.

Court documents state Carmack killed her stepdaughter because she was angry.

During the investigation, Skylea's six other siblings told detectives Carmack was "a strict disciplinarian," and she had physically abused them.

Skylea had been restricted to her bedroom for the last week and a half before her death, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Multiple search crews had been out looking for Skylea since Friday, Aug. 30.

This story was originally published by Shakkira Harris on WRTV.