A mother and her fiancé allegedly killed a four-year-old girl when they used blankets and duct tape her in bed.
Kelly Ballinger and her fiancé, Matthew Longenecker have been charged with first-degree child abuse and murder.
When the police arrived at the scene around 5am on Sunday they discovered that the little girl was not breathing.
CPR proved futile and the girl was pronounced dead soon after.
Kelly Ballinger and Matthew Longenecker face murder charges amid allegations they abused and murdered four-year-old Desaray
The police declared it as murder as the child’s body was covered in cuts and bruises.
Detective Sheila Goodell of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said the girl’s face was allegedly sometimes covered with blankets or clothing as well as duct tape.
Their tragic four-year-old daughter Desaray was found with injuries all over her
In the court hearing it was revealed that the victim was unable to move until the next day unless and until someone would free her until the next night.
This came into light from the text messages found on the couples phone.
Both the children have now been put in protective custody.
Both were denied bond at their hearing yesterday.
They are due back in court on August 1.
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