A woman from Nashua, New Hampshire, has been charged with second-degree murder for beating her three-year-old daughter to death just six months after she was arrested for abusing two of her other children.
Katlyn Marin is accused of assaulting her daughter Brielle Gage several times on November 24 and 25. Brielle was rushed to hospital after a 911 call was made from the family’s home on November 25 but she died shortly after. The autopsy found that she died of blunt force injuries and her death was ruled a homicide.
The investigation into the child’s death led to Marin being charged with murder on Saturday. Prosecutors said that she “recklessly caused the death of her daughter under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life”.
In May of last year, Marin and her 30-year-old live-in boyfriend Michael Rivera were arrested for abusing two boys in their home after one of the boys’ guidance counselors alerted the police. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin told The Boston Globe that at the time five children were living at the house, ages eight, six, four, three and nine months.
The Division for Children Youth and Families reported the possible abuse of an eight-year-old boy, whose body was covered in bruises and a six-year-old boy. The children told police that Marin and Rivera used belts to beat them, and the eight-year-old boy was forced to kneel for up to an hour at a time, causing his knees to bruise. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Katlyn Marin appears in a video arraignment from the Department of Corrections jail in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday. She is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter.
2. Three-year-old Brielle Gage, pictured, was beaten on November 24 and November 25 and died of blunt force trauma on November 25, authorities said. Her death was ruled a homicide.
3. The youngster had lived at the home with four half-siblings. Child services had previously responded to the home and found that four of the children — including Brielle — had bruises across their bodies.
Investigators said that four of the children had bruises on their bodies, including the nine-month-old baby, WMUR reported. The eight-year-old boy had bruises on his forearms.
Initially, Marin claimed that the three-year-old girl had a bruise on her face because she was “born that way”. However, later she changed her story to say that the child slept on her toys or would fall on them.
The six-year-old boy told police that he and his siblings were allowed to eat only once a day when they were home, and he was once beaten for eating food he had hidden, investigators told WMUR.
In April, the children were placed into protective custody and the couple were taken into custody on May 5. Marin was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of simple assault, while Rivera was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of simple assault.
4. Marin, pictured left following her arrest in May and right in her latest mug shot, was accused of second-degree assault in May. The case was about to go to jury selection when her daughter died.
5. Her live-in boyfriend Michael Rivera, 30, pictured, was also arrested for assault in May.
Later she was released on $10,000 personal recognizance, while Rivera was released on $500 cash bail, on condition that the couple did not contact each other, The Union Leader reported.
The children were temporarily placed in foster care. It is unclear when they were given back to the couple, although the neighbors told The Union Leader that at least two of the children had returned in recent months.
The assault cases were scheduled to go to court and jury selection was to take place on December 15 — three weeks after the death of Brielle. However, during a status conference on November 20, the prosecution told the judge that it intended to drop the charges against Marin, while Rivera’s case would go forward.
At Marin’s short hearing on Monday, bail was not set and she will remain in jail pending a probable cause hearing on January 13.
6. The couple lived with five children — Brielle and her half-siblings — at the house in Nashua, New Hampshire, pictured. Brielle was found at the same home after a 911 call on November 25 and later died.
And here is the video report:
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