In a disturbing and twisted act, Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 22, aimed to conceal the evident signs of such abuse on their three-year-old daughter, Angelina Costello.
Originating from Ogden, Utah, the couple made a distressing call to 911 on July 6th, reporting that Angelina was unresponsive at their home. However, the scene that greeted the responding officers was beyond their expectations.
Angelina exhibited clear signs of severe malnourishment, her facial features appeared sunken, and her skin was covered with various scars, cuts, burns, and bruises at various stages of healing, hurriedly concealed with makeup.
This concealment tactic was admitted by Emile, who aimed to mask the visible injuries and make them appear less severe than they actually were.
Law enforcement obtained videos from the couple’s cell phones that captured distressing instances of Angelina being subjected to abusive treatment. The chronological progression of these videos revealed her gradual deterioration, both physically and emotionally.
The videos depicted the couple tormenting Angelina with food and then withholding it as a form of punishment. Shockingly, one video illustrated Miller kicking Angelina in the face using the legs and feet of another child.
Miller claimed that Emile watched over their children while he was at work and asserted that she had implicated her siblings as the ones responsible for causing harm.
Tragically, Angelina passed away that night. Consequently, the couple’s two other children were placed under protective custody.
Both parents are facing charges of aggravated murder.