Prosecutors: Parents taunted malnourished child with food

Published on July 12, 2017 at 02:31PM

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors say a Utah couple accused in the death of their toddler daughter taunted the malnourished child with food and attempted to cover her injuries with makeup. Prosecutors filed aggravated murder charges Tuesday against the girl’s mother, 22-year-old Brenda Emile, and father, 25-year-old Miller Costello. Charging documents say the girl’s body was covered in cuts, burns and abrasions when she was found at their Ogden, Utah, home July 6. Authorities say Emile put makeup over the girl’s body so the injuries wouldn’t look so bad. The charges say police found cell phone videos that appear to show both parents taunting the girl by presenting her with food, then taking it away and disciplining her. A lawyer for the couple didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.