Parents charged in murder of daughter taunted her with food, prosecutors say

These booking photos provided by Weber County Sheriff's Office, Brenda Emile, left, and Miller Costello, a couple who were arrested Friday, July 7, 2017, in Ogden, Utah, on suspicion of child abuse homicide.

The Utah parents charged in the death of their 3-year-old daughter taunted the malnourished girl with food and attempted to cover her injuries with makeup, prosecutors said.

Cellphone video taken by the girl's parents Brenda Emile, 22, and Miller Costello, 25, show them presenting the girl with food, and then taking it away after disciplining her, police said.

Cellphone footage shows the toddler’s condition growing progressively worse over a year and a half before her “extremely malnourished” body was found at the family’s home, authorities said.

The girl was found at the Ogden home July 6, after her parents called police to report she wasn’t breathing. Police said the girl was found covered with burns, cuts and bruises, some of which looked new while others appeared to be in various stages of healing.

Emile and Costello were charged with aggravated murder. The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty. Two other children were removed from the house and given to state child protective services, police said.

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