Officials with the Ogden Police Department say that a couple, Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 22, were arrested after their 3-year-old daughter was found dead in their home, according to Fox 13 Now. Emergency medical services were dispatched to a home near 2800 Grant Avenue at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday after receiving a 911 call about an unconscious toddler that wasn’t breathing.
Upon arrival, an emergency crew found the child, identified as Angelina Costello, dead at the scene with signs of abusive trauma.
Following an investigation by the Ogden Police, state medical examiner’s office, and a county investigative team, the couple was arrested in connection to their daughter’s death.
Authorities say there were two other children living in the home during the time of the arrest, but it was not immediately made clear if Emile and Costello are the biological parents. The Division of Child and Family Services removed the children from the home, and they are now in the care of child protective services.
It was reported that the family had not lived in Ogden for more than a week before the child was found dead in the home. It is unknown where Emile and Costello traveled from, but court records indicate that the couple does not have a major criminal record in the state of Utah.
Neighbors were stunned after learning that a 3-year-old girl was found dead inside of her Ogden home. One neighbor called the suspected murder “frightening” and “horrible.”
Another neighbor, Katrina Duncombe, stated that she heard someone screaming to call 911. She went on to say that the mother of the child was saying that Angelina was dead.
Meanwhile, the child’s father was reportedly silent about the incident. Duncombe said that he was “on the phone by the garbage can.”
Angelina’s remains were taken to the Ogden coroner and medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Costello and Emile remain at the Weber County Jail on child abuse homicide charges. A bond has not been set. It is unknown if the couple has an attorney.
Anyone with information regarding the Ogden toddler’s death is urged to contact Det. Lewis at 801-629-8438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An investigation is ongoing.
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