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Gas City girl's cause of death ruled as a homicide by strangulation

Her body was found in a shed and hidden in a plastic bag.
Credit: Grant County Sheriff's Department
Amanda Carmack

GAS CITY, Ind. (WTHR) — An autopsy on the body of 10-year-old Skylea Carmack determined her cause of death as asphyxia by strangulation. The coroner also ruled the death a homicide.

Police found the girl's body in a trash bag in a shed behind her father's home on Wednesday.

Skylea's stepmother, Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested for the murder. She is also facing charges for neglect, battery and strangulation.

The Grant County prosecutor worked late, but ran out of time and did not file criminal charges Thursday as planned against Carmack.

Indiana State Police said they believe she was killed this past Saturday sometime in the afternoon.

Her stepmother had reported her missing around 9 p.m. on Saturday to police. Carmack told police the girl was missing and she had no idea where she was.

Shed where police said Skylea Carmack's body was discovered. (WTHR Staff)

A GoFundMe account has been created to help cover funeral and memorial expenses.