STOCKTON SPRINGS – Court records have revealed grisly details about the final weeks before the alleged murder of a 10 year old girl in Stockton Springs.
The mother and stepfather accused of killing her told police how she had been beaten numerous times daily and locked in a dark closet as a form of punishment.
Neighbors are reacting with shock and disbelief.
“I’m just in shock. I just can’t believe this happened. It’s very sad,” said Amber Pena, a neighbor of the murder suspects.
Sharon Carrillo, 33, and stepfather Julio Carrillo, 51, were arrested Monday in the death of their 10-year-old daughter, Marrissa Kennedy.
“I just think of that little girl all the time now,” said Mary Gallant, a neighbor of murder suspects. “And what she must have gone through and we didn’t even know. I never heard anything and I don’t live that far from them.”
The couple, who moved to Stockton Springs from Bangor sometime last fall, told Maine State Police detectives that they took turns beating the child, who had visible bruising on her face and stomach.
The girl was enrolled at Searsport Elementary School but had not been to school since November, according to Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman.
After days of beatings, the Carrillos reported that on or about Feb. 22 or Feb. 23, the injured girl started to slur her speech, and that they punished her because they believed she was faking.
The medical examiner says the girl died of battered child syndrome with recent brain hemorrhaging and a lacerated liver, as well as multiple old injuries.
The affidavit also states the couple tried to cover up the crime, claiming the child had fallen in the basement and they make the scene look that way before rescuers arrived.
Two other children in the home, ages one and two, were taken into custody by the Maien Department of Health and Human Services.
“Abuse is hidden. It’s prominent and it needs to be addressed,” Pena said. “The cycle can be broken.”
The Carrillos are both scheduled to make their first court appearance 1 p.m. Wednesday in Waldo County Superior Court.