Missing 10-year-old Indiana girl found dead, stepmother charged with murder

A missing 10-year-old girl who was believed to be in “extreme danger” has been found dead and her stepmother has been arrested on murder charges, according to Indiana State Police.

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Skylea Carmack, of Gas City, Indiana was reported missing over the weekend and was described as being in extreme danger and possibly needing medical attention.

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Skylea’s body was found in a plastic trash bag inside a shed behind her home in Gas City, ISP investigators said Wednesday.

A preliminary investigation found that Skylea was strangled however a full autopsy will be conducted to verify her cause of death.

Skylea’s stepmother, identified as Amanda Carmack, 34, has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder and other charges and has been booked into the Grant County, Indiana jail.

State police said their investigation has found Skylea was strangled sometime between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday, which was around the same time she was initially reported missing.

Additional details were not released.

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