FITCHBURG, Mass. – The mother of a 6-year-old girl found dead in a Massachusetts home Tuesday told her 9-year-old son not to call 911 and used super glue to close a wound on his neck, police said Wednesday.
Thirty-seven-year-old Shana Pedroso and 38-year-old Marvin Brito were charged with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child at Fitchburg District Court Wednesday. Pedroso was separately charged with assault and battery, while Brito was charged with permitting substantial injury to a child.
Both pleaded not guilty.
District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters that police responding to a call at the Fitchburg home Tuesday found the injured boy and non-responsive girl. The girl was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, reports CBS Boston.
The boy was found with serious injuries and bruising to his face, but the wounds were not life-threatening, the station reports.
Police say the boy told first responders that he and his sister were attacked by bullies. Prosecutors also say Pedroso instructed the child not to call 911 even though he was injured and his sister "couldn't drink," the station reports. Fitchburg police say Pedoroso beat the girl for not drinking water, according to CBS Boston investigative reporter Cheryl Fiandaca.
Police say the children's mother kept notes saying the children were "bad," so they were "beaten." Police did not describe the children's injuries or say how the girl died. A district attorney earlier called the death suspicious.
Brito and Pedroso are being held without bail. A hearing is set for April 18.