Missing 10-year-old girl found dead; stepmother arrested

Skylea Carmack and Amanda Carmack

GAS CITY, Ind. (WNDU) The body of 10-year-old Skylea Carmack has been found after she went missing from Gas City, Indiana, on Saturday.

Skylea's stepmother, 34-year-old Amanda Carmack, was arrested for murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death, and strangulation.

She's being held at the Grant County Jail.

Skylea's body was found Wednesday morning in a plastic trash bag in a shed behind her home.

"I can't wrap my mind around why you would kill a 10-year-old child," Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. "I said it earlier, it's just an act of cowardice. If you find yourself in that state of anger or whatever precipitated this event, step away. Do whatever you have to do to regain your composure. It's just mind boggling that anyone can injure and eventually kill a young child, only 10 years of age."

Preliminary evidence indicates Skylea was strangled Saturday afternoon. An autopsy will be conducted to verify her cause of death.

Six other children were removed from the home and placed with the Department of Child Services.

Anyone with information about what happened should contact Indiana State Police at 765-473-6666 or Gas City Police at 765-674-2278.