Bail Set at $500K for Couple Charged with Murdering Daughter
The mother and stepfather accused of killing their 10-year-old daughter in Stockton Springs were in court in Belfast Wednesday.
Both Sharon and Julio Carrillo have been charged with depraved indifference murder following the brutal death of Marissa Kennedy Sunday.
The medical examiner determined she died from battered child syndrome after enduring months of abuse.
Court documents reveal the Carrillo's whipped Marissa with a leather belt, locked her in a closet, and confessed to police they beat her until she was unresponsive.
In court Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber said he had never seen a case as violent as this during his career.
But defense attorneys for Sharon and Julio Carrillo say there's another side to this tragic story.
"This defendant, 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 for a period of months."
"I think her emotions speak for themselves. She's distraught and upset," said Chris MacLean, Sharon Carrillo's defense attorney. "Domestic concerns at that home. And I think that what we know about the co-defendant in this case speaks volumes about what was probably actually happening."
"I know he's had learning disabilities and he's been in special-ed classes throughout his youth," said Steven Peterson, Julio Carrillo's defense attorney. "I don't know much more than that about it, I didn't have a lot of time to talk to him today."
The Carrillo's are being held on $500,000 bail each at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Their attorneys say it's likely the couple will undergo a mental health evaluation before further court proceedings.
State Police spokesperson Steve McCausland told TV5 Marissa had not been to school since November. She attended Searsport Elementary School.
Many viewers have reached out to us on social media asking why a state agency and her school didn't step in sooner. Here is some clarity on the protocols in place.
According to the Maine Department of Education, if a student is deemed at risk or is consistently absent, school administrators must develop a student intervention plan, notify and meet with parents, and if a resolution is not met, law enforcement and DHHS get involved.
Due to confidentiality agreements, Searsport Elementary School cannot identify what plans or actions they took involving Marissa. We reached out to DHHS as well but were told the department cannot comment.
A candlelight remembrance vigil will be held in Belfast this weekend to remember the life of Marissa Kennedy.
It will be held Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm at Belfast Town Square near the post office.