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Indiana woman formally charged in stepdaughter’s killing

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MARION, Ind. — An Indiana woman has been formally charged in the killing of her 10-year-old stepdaughter, whose body was found hidden inside a shed.

Grant County prosecutors charged 34-year-old Amanda D. Carmack on Friday with murder, strangulation, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and domestic battery death to a person under age 14.

Online records don’t list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Investigators say Carmack fatally strangled Skylea Carmack on Saturday before calling authorities to report that the girl was missing.

Skylea’s body was found Wednesday hidden in a plastic bag in a shed behind the family’s home in Gas City, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis.

Carmack was arrested the same day and was initially held on preliminary charges. She’s being held without bond.

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