GAS CITY, Ind. (WXIN) -- A Gas City woman accused of strangling her 10-year-old stepdaughter made her first court appearance Monday morning.
During the initial hearing, 34-year-old Amanda Carmack waived her right to counsel. She said she “doesn’t need a lawyer,” and instead, she says she will represent herself.
Court documents say Carmack admitted to strangling Skylea Carmack before reporting her missing on August 31.
Carmack was officially charged Friday with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation, and domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Prosecutors say they will seek life in prison without parole.
After a nearly four-day search, police found Skylea’s body in a plastic bag in a shed behind her home.