Muncie child's death investigated as homicide

Marcus and Charlene Tabb
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A Muncie child's death is being called a homicide, and police say the five-year-old girl had multiple injuries.

Marcus and Charlene Tabb face new charges including neglect of a dependent causing death. Originally they were charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. They are currently in jail.

The Tabbs are foster parents to five children. Police say they found one of their children, a five-year-old girl, unconscious when they arrived at the couple's home in the 1000 block of North Brady Street late Saturday night.

When Eyewitness News went to the front door Sunday, no one answered. 

Delana Willis lives just a few houses down from the Tabbs. Her children went to school and played with the older of the five foster children living in the Tabb house. In the year since the Tabbs moved to Muncie, Willis talked to the couple only a couple of times.

Willis said they never gave her any reason for concern. They seemed like ordinary couple, until the police showed up.

"Well, everyone was up last night when we saw the police lights and everything," said Willis.

There is a Florida license plate on the Tabbs' car. They have not been in Muncie long.

Eyewitness News is told that the little girl who died was related to the couple. There are published reports that the five children living in the house are originally from Haiti. No one in the neighborhood has pictures of the children. The only hint that children were even in the house are the chalk drawings in front of the garage.

Muncie police say the case is still under investigation.