Couple accused of killing daughter allegedly hid abuse with makeup – New York Post

A Utah couple abused their 3-year-old daughter repeatedly until she died — and then attempted to hide her injuries with makeup “so they didn’t look as bad,” prosecutors say.

Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 22, were both charged Tuesday with aggravated murder for the July 6 beating death of little Angelina Costello, according to Deseret News.

During interviews with local police in Ogden, Emile reportedly admitted to covering the child in makeup before calling 911 — in the hopes of concealing the abuse.

Detectives later observed “bruising, contusions, lacerations, burns, open sores and abrasions all over (the girl’s) face, hands, legs, head and neck” upon taking a closer look at her body.

A “large burn on her chest” was also found, along with “small circular burns on her back, legs and feet,” prosecutors said in the charging documents.

Her legs and arms appeared “thin and atrophied” — with no visible muscle tone or definition — and her facial features were “void of definition from muscle or fat,” the charges state.

“She was covered in a thin layer of what appeared to be makeup in an attempt to conceal the injuries,” prosecutors said.

Some of the wounds appeared to be recent, while others looked as if they were older and still healing.

Investigators discovered photos and videos on the couple’s cellphones, as well, showing a “progressive time frame” of abuse, dating back to January 2016.

“[The videos] appear to show both (Costello and Emile) taunting the child victim with food by presenting it to her and then removing it from her and disciplining her,” prosecutors said.

Costello can be seen in one clip “using the feet of an infant child to kick (Angelina) in the face.”

According to the court documents, Angelina appears to be in “an obvious state of emotional duress and distress.”

Prosecutors said the couple — which has “self-proclaimed ties to a transient Romanian gypsy community” — refused to treat their daughter for her various injuries and medical issues because they were worried that child services would take her away.

Two other children, both under age 4, were also said to live with the pair, though neither showed signs of abuse when checked by cops.

The parents have yet to enter pleas.