Woman Allegedly Made Her Daughter, 4, Stand in a Room for 3 Days as Punishment before She Died

Comfort Omovre
Jun 17, 2021
11:15 P.M.

Malikah Bennett has been charged with murder and child abuse after she made her 4-year-old daughter stand in a room for three days, which resulted in the child's death.


A mother identified as Malikah Bennett has been arrested after she made her 4-year-old daughter, Majelic Young, stand in the laundry room as punishment for three days and this eventually led to her death.

In a report penned down by WSOC TV, a social worker called the attention of the police to Bennett's home in Branden Drive after she had not seen the little girl for a long time.

Yellow "Crime scene do not cross" tape. | Photo: Pexels

Yellow "Crime scene do not cross" tape. | Photo: Pexels

After obtaining a search warrant, officers revealed that on arrival at the location, Young's remains were found buried in the backyard. The report noted that the child died last year but her remains were not discovered until May 2021.

In an interview with the police, the deceased's elder sister gave an explicit description of Young's last day. The 13-year-old told detectives that in August last year, her sister was forced to stand in the laundry room without being allowed to sit or leave.


According to the teenager, Young stood in the room for three days which made her so weak she fell out of the back door. In the process, the little girl hit her head on the ground and died that day.

Young's sister further noted that her mother washed up the dead body and put it in two plastic bags before placing it in the trunk of her SUV. The lifeless body remained in the car for five days.


The 13-year-old finally revealed that her mother dug up a hole and asked her to help bury the body. After nine months, the detectives found the shovel and Young's remains.

A family friend, Lucille Puckett, described what the little girl went through as torture. She also said people needed to hear what happened to Young as many children could have been facing the same ordeal.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg lieutenant Bryan Crum told reporters during a press conference that in the ten years he had worked in the homicide department, he had not seen a more disturbing case.


He admitted that a majority of the people who worked the case were parents. According to Crum, it was very difficult to understand how a mother could carry out such an act on her child.

Surprising information obtained from the warrants uncovered that the mother-of-two had told another person about her daughter's death before she was arrested.

Bennett has been charged with child abuse and murder in connection with her daughter's death. Young's grandmother, Tammy Taylor Moffett, will also face charges of concealing a death and accessory to murder, in connection with the tot's demise.

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