The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found dead last week in Crestview, Florida has confessed that her boyfriend allegedly killed the child to punish her for getting out of her car seat.
According to WPLG, Cory Hagwell, 29, has been arrested on murder and aggravated child abuse charges. The child’s mother, Destinee Merrell, is facing charges of her own: aggravated child abuse and child neglect.
According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release, the little girl was reported missing by the couple on Friday. They claimed that Adelynn Merrell was last seen playing in the backyard. Destinee later confessed that her boyfriend kicked Adelynn in her head and locked her in a bathroom closet on Thursday. Why? Because she had “gotten out of her car seat.”
Adelynn’s body was found in a wooded area later that day, according to the police report. An autopsy has determined she died