A mother is set to spend nearly five decades in prison after she was convicted of murdering her ten-year-old daughter.
Sharon Carrillo, 35, was sentenced to 48 years behind bars for killing Marissa Kennedy, whose badly battered body was found behind the family’s home in Stockton Springs, Maine in February 2018.
Carrillo reportedly sobbed in court on Friday morning as prosecutors outlined the horrific evidence against her before her sentence was announced.
Prosecutors said Carrillo beat Kennedy to death ‘over a period of months’ with fists, feet, a mop handle and a belt buckle.
Jurors heard from a special education teacher who visited the family’s home five days before Marissa’s death.
The teacher reportedly left Carrillo’s home concerned about improper medication after Marissa was ‘a little unsteady’ on her feet and had a large bruise on her head.
Prosecutors said the beatings left Marissa unable to walk and slurring her speech after punishments that got ‘out of hand.’Girl, 6, crushed to death by falling stack of 65 folding chairs
‘Sharon said that at the end, Marissa couldn’t walk and her speech was slurred. But Sharon, Marissa’s own mother, thought Marissa was faking it so she beat her again.’
‘Sharon said she knew Marissa needed to go to the hospital, but they didn’t take her because she was afraid that they would get in trouble.’
Assistant Attorney General Leanne Zainea said that Carillo and her estranged husband, Julio Carrillo, insisted the death was accidental – but Zainea said their treatment of Marissa amounted to torture.
The medical examiner testified that Marissa’s heart eventually ‘gave out’ from constant stress, injuries and infections caused by the abuse.
Julio Carillo pleaded guilty to murder and is currently serving a 55-year prison sentence.