Two people in Texas, USA, have been charged with capital murder after forcing an 8-year-old girl to jump on a trampoline under extreme heat as punishment, leading to her death.
According to US police who released a press statement on Thursday, October 15, the young girl died of dehydration on August 29.
Daniel Schwarz, 44, and Ashley Schwarz, 34, were charged and arrested on Monday October 12. They were then booked into the Ector County Detention Center, according to police with their bonds set at $500,000 each.
Police did not say what the Schwarzes’ relationship is to each other or to the girl.
An investigation by police found that the two told the girl to jump on the trampoline “without stopping for an extended period of time,” and didn’t allow her to eat breakfast or drink water. The temperature of the trampoline was about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, while the ground was about 150 degrees.
The police department received the final autopsy report for the girl on October 8. In the autopsy report, the girl died by dehydration and her death was deemed to be a homicide, police said.
The police investigation continues.