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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:00 am

Stepmom wants to represent self at trial

Associated Press

MARION – An Indiana woman charged in the strangulation death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter has waived her right to an attorney and says that she will represent herself in court.

Amanda Carmack, 34, of Gas City made the waiver during her initial court appearance Monday in Grant Circuit Court on charges of murder, neglect, domestic battery and strangulation in the death of Skylea Carmack. A judge appointed a standby counsel.

A probable cause affidavit states that Carmack confessed to the killing Wednesday, four days after she had reported Skylea missing. Police found Skylea's body hidden in a garbage bag in a shed behind the family's home about 80 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Carmack is jailed without bond.