Warrants reveal disturbing details in case against mom accused of murdering 4-year-old daughter

CHARLOTTE — New warrants reveal disturbing details in the case against a mother accused of murdering her 4-year-old daughter.

Police said Majelic Young died last year, but her remains weren’t found until May 2021.

A call from a social worker brought police to a home on Braden Drive, where they found Majelic’s remains buried in the backyard.

Those search warrants reveal sad and painful details of the girl’s final days and how police believe her mother, Malikah Bennett, killed her and then tried to cover it up.

The warrant said Majelic’s 13-year-old sister told detectives that in August 2020, Majelic was forced to stand in the laundry room as punishment and was not allowed to sit down or leave. Afterward, she had a bowel movement in her pants.

She stood there for three days, getting so weak that she fell out of the back door, hitting her head on the ground. Majelic’s sister described her breathing as off and on, and she told police that was the day Majelic died.

She said that her mother washed up Majelic’s body and placed it in two black plastic bags, and then put it in the trunk of her SUV where it stayed for about five days.

Finally, she told police that Bennett dug a hole and had her help put Majelic’s body in it and cover her up with dirt.

When police searched nine months later, they found a shovel and human remains.

“To actually see the search warrant, it hurt me,” family friend Lucille Puckett said.

Puckett calls what Majelic went through torture. She has been close to this case since the little girl they called “Jelli” was found.

She said people need to hear what happened to her.

“I don’t just see this only happening to Jelli. We don’t know how many children are lost in the system or could’ve been facing the same situation,” Puckett said.

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