A Muncie couple has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in the death of a 5-year-old girl in their home.
Charlene Tabb, 29, and Marcus Marcellus Tabb, 53, were formally charged Friday in the June 22 death of Marie Pierre, the Star Press reports. The Tabbs were being held without bond Saturday in the Delaware County Jail, where records do not indicate whether they have an attorney.
On Wednesday, two of Charlene Tabbs siblings, a 14-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl, were charged in juvenile court with aggravated battery. Police said Marie was unresponsive and not breathing when they were called to the Tabb home.
Muncie police Sgt. Jimmy Gibson testified at a Wednesday hearing in juvenile court that Maries body had more than 80 abuse marks.
A probable cause affidavit says an autopsy conducted at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital showed the girl had a baseball-sized open wound, about 3 inches deep in her left buttocks. Gibson testified that the boy called his 16-year-old sister into a room to view the injury, apparently after he inflicted it with a hammer.