Couple Indicted On Murder Charges

The father and stepmother of a 10-year-old Winchester girl found dead in her home have been indicted on murder charges.

Patrick and Joy Watkins told 27 NEWSFIRST in an exclusive interview in March that their daughter's death was an accident.

Investigators paint a much different picture though, saying Michaela was found badly beaten and burned.

According to an autopsy, Michaela had been dead at least 5 hours before help was called for.


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  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2007 at 08:18 AM
    Why didn't a neighbor , school offical, anyone report this abuse. This was not just an accident. If you look at her school photos from one year to the next, anyone with an eye could see the dramatic change she showed. Why didn't anyone help her?
  • by Austin Clay shrout Location: 724 Brentwood Dr. Mt. Sterling KY on May 11, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    It discustign me that somebody would do that. How could a parent kill their own chlid let alone any child. please put this on the news.
  • by concerned Location: Lexington on May 11, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    I totally agree....I hope Michaela is at peace now and I hope her father and stepmother rot in hell. well said!
  • by No name Location: McKee on May 11, 2007 at 06:40 AM
    I know we have ajust GOD who will make a good judgement after death,but I pray the court system will make the right judgement on this case, it's time someone takes up for the children that can't help themselves.
  • by Lee Location: Letcher Co. on May 10, 2007 at 10:27 PM
    What is Wrong With People..? Who are suppose to be called "PARENTS" All of these poor helpless, innocent childern/babies are dying because of there sorry no good parents, hurting them and always say it was a accident! I just dont understand, Being A Parent Myself how they do this!! It's just awful! I hope they get what they deserve and them some! Lord help these poor childern!
  • by unknown Location: tennessee on May 10, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    they should get death for treating this poor kid through this
  • by Susan Location: BC Canada on May 10, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    May Michaela rest in peace and may her father and stepmother rot in hell

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