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Judge sentences Gas City woman to life without parole for stepdaughter's murder

Amanda Carmack was found guilty last month for killing her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Skylea, in September 2019.

GAS CITY, Ind. — A Gas City woman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for the murder of her stepdaughter two years ago.

Amanda Carmack was found guilty last month of killing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack in September 2019. The jury recommended the sentence after convicting her of murder, neglect of a dependent and strangulation.

According to court documents, Amanda Carmack told investigators Skylea disappeared after she told her to clean her room while she made dinner. Asked if she killed the girl, Carmack neither admitted to the crime or denied it.

Carmack was arrested after investigators found Skylea's body in a plastic bag in a shed behind her home.