Monday February 26, 2018
Marissa Kennedy’s death ruled a homicide; her parents were arrested and charged with her death.
►STORY | Mother, step-father charged in 10-year-olds death
HORRIFIC DETAILS RELEASED IN COURT DOCUMENTS
Tuesday February 27, 2018
Sharon Carrillo holding a baby Marissa Kennedy.
Court documents released give chilling details surrounding the death of Marissa and the abuse she suffered for months. The 10-year-old was forced to kneel on the tile floor and raise her arms above her head while her parents took turns whipping her stomach with a leather belt, according to the affidavit. The document also shows her parents told police the beatings began in October and would occur every hour, right before she died, Marissa could not walk and was slurring her speech.
►STORY | 10-yr-old girl suffered horrific abuse, according to court documents
Marissa had not been to school at Searsport Elementary since November, according to state police. The school later released a statement saying they had no reason to believe protocol for reporting suspected abuse was not followed. However, they did not provide a solid yes or no that they had actually reported abuse or had initiated a wellness check when the child stopped coming to school.
DHHS refused to comment – stating the department “cannot comment and I cannot confirm or deny any Department involvement because Department records regarding child protective activities are confidential.”