BANGOR – The mother and stepfather of a 10-year-old Stockton Springs girl who died of battered child syndrome went before a judge on Thursday who set their bail so high neither is expected to get out of jail anytime soon.
Sharon Carrillo, 33, and stepfather Julio Carrillo, 51, were arrested Monday in the death of their 10-year-old daughter, Marrissa Kennedy. Julio Carrillo arrived in court with shackles on his hands and feet.
When the prosecutor described the multiple injuries to the child, Sharon Carrillo cried openly.
The couple, moved to Stockton Springs from Bangor sometime in the fall, told police how they beat the girl numerous times daily since the end of October and locked her in a dark closet as a form of punishment.
“What she subjected her child to can only be described as torture,” said Donald Macomber, assistant attorney general. “She tortured her child multiple times per day, every day for a period of months.”
Justice Robert Murray set bail for each murder suspect at half a million dollars cash and he also banned them from interacting with children age 15 and under, which includes their own children, who are ages one and two.
The prosecutor also filed motions asking that both suspects be tried together and he requested mental health evaluations to be done by the state.
“I know there is some history, at least in my client’s case, I can’t speak for the other one, of some mental history problems in his past, so we will be, in due course, evaluating all that,” said Steven Peterson, the court appointed defense attorney for Julio Carrillo.
The judge said he’ll make a decision on the two motions in April.
Both Carrillos have been charged with depraved indifference murder, which is different from knowing or premeditated murder, in the death of their child.
“Certainly there was a lot of domestic concerns in that home and I think what we know about the co-defendant in this case speaks volumes about what was probably happening in the home,” said Chris MacLean, Sharon Carrillo’s court appointed attorney.
Neither Carrillo entered a plea because their case first needs to be presented to the Waldo County grand jury, which rises on the third week of March.
Local residents are hosting a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. Saturday to honor the girl’s memory at the Belfast town square by the U.S. Post Office.