Brutal punishment killed girl, police say - FOX 13 News

Brutal punishment killed girl, police say

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SARASOTA (FOX 13) -

A Sarasota father is under arrest, accused of punishing his 11-year-old daughter so brutally that she died from her injuries.

The little girl, Melissa Stoddard, suffered severe brain damage from the abuse.

Police say her father, Kenneth Stoddard, admitted that he repeatedly hog-tied her by binding her wrists and ankles with rope or duct tape. Sometimes the tape was also used to cover her mouth.

The autopsy found that Melissa died from a lack of oxygen, and now her father is charged with child abuse.

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