MUNCIE, Ind. — Prosecutors filed a murder charge Monday against a Muncie woman in connection with the beating death of her 5-year-old Haitian cousin.
An affidavit filed with the charge against 30-year-old Charlene Tabb said she directly participated in the June 22 death of Marie Pierre. Authorities have said the girl was repeatedly beaten in the weeks before she died.
"Charlene Tabb created and encouraged an environment wherein (the girl) was beaten, tortured and eventually killed," the affidavit said.
Prosecutors also filed five new counts of battery against Tabb alleging she beat other children in her home, including an 11-year-old sister and 14-year-old brother who also are accused of abusing the girl.
Prosecutors also filed three additional counts of neglect and five counts of battery against her husband, 53-year-old Marcus Tabb.
The Tabbs have pleaded not guilty to a single neglect charge filed previously.
The Tabbs were being held Monday at the Delaware County Jail in Muncie, Charlene Tabb on $500,000 bail and Marcus Tabb on $300,000 bail. Records there do not indicate whether either has an attorney.