34-year-old Amanda Carmack was taken into custody after investigators found the body of a missing 10-year-old girl in a shed behind her home.
The Indiana girl, Skylea Carmack, was reported missing by her stepmother. Amanda has been arrested on murder charges.
According to police, Skylea was strangled and her body was discovered in a plastic bag behind Amanda’s home in Gas City.
The girl had been missing and police believe she was already dead when Amanda reported it to the police.
“I believe [Amanda] contacted the father and said she couldn’t locate Skylea and the dad prompted her to call law enforcement,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said to PEOPLE.
Slocum also said that investigators believe the girl was killed between 4pm and 9pm Saturday, the day she was reported missing.
About the motive, Slocum added: “our concern at law enforcement is who and how versus why.”
“There is no rational answer for why anyone would kill a 10-year-old. As a police officer, as time goes on, it was a possibility — but I held out hope. Our main focus was to find her alive and safe, and obviously that did not occur. I am sad and angry it happened on our watch.”
A statewide Silver Alert was issued when the 10-year-old girl disappeared. Police and her father thought Skylea may have run away as she had done it before.
Skylea’s father, Kevin Carmack, said to Fox 59 that he believed she ran away as she had been grounded.
“And it just went a little too far and she got stuck and now she’s just scared to come home cause she’s afraid now she is going to be in even more trouble,” Kevin predicted.
He also said he wanted his daughter to know that, “We’re not even mad at this point; we are just worried about her being OK and just want her to come home.”
Amanda is facing charges of domestic battery resulting in death, murder, and neglect of a dependent causing death.
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