Muncie woman convicted of 5-year-old cousin's beating death

Charlene Tabb
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A Muncie woman has been convicted of murder in the beating death of her five-year-old cousin.

The Muncie Star-Press reports a Delaware County jury found Charlene Tabb, 30, guilty of murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death in the June 22 death of Marie Pierre.

Pierre is originally from Haiti, but came to Indiana when her father stopped caring for her. Tabb and her husband, Marcus, volunteered to watch the girl.

Prosecutors also charged Marcus Tabb with neglect, saying the couple never sought medical attention for the girl, even though she had at least 80 documented injuries. Two other children in the Tabb's home were also arrested. They reportedly attacked the girl with a hammer, pliers and a screwdriver.

Tabb was also found guilty of five counts of battery with a deadly weapon on three younger siblings, then ages 11, 14 and 16. She was convicted on three counts of neglect of a dependent related to her care of those children.

"We have spent the last two weeks presenting evidence of a look into hell," Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold told the Star-Press. "Thank goodness justice prevailed and Marie's voice was not forever silenced."

The murder conviction carries a standard sentence of 55 years in prison. The neglect and battery charges carry 30-year prison terms.