Invisible Children

Skylea Carmack

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Skylea Carmack

Skylea Rayn Carmack, age 10, was murdered by her stepmother, Amanda Carmack. Skylea was homeschooled.

Skylea lived with her father Kevin Carmack, her stepmother Amanda Carmack, three of Amanda’s children, and three children of Amanda’s brother. Kevin Carmack was a truck driver and was frequently absent from the home for his job. The children in the home reported that Amanda Carmack regularly beat them with a belt and forced them to assume stress positions as punishment. She also kept the children confined to their rooms, only allowing them out for food and bathroom breaks; neighbors reported not knowing that seven children lived in the home. Skylea had been confined to her room for a week and a half before her murder.

Skylea’s grandmother, Brenda Helmuth, was worried about Skylea because she was rarely allowed to see her; she reported that Skylea was getting thinner. Helmuth’s adopted child, whom Amanda Carmack regularly babysat, reported that Carmack was “mean” and starved the children. Amanda Carmack justified her abuse of the children on social media: she related one instance where she nearly came to blows with a bystander who witnessed abuse of the children by both Carmacks and threatened to call child services.

On August 31, Amanda Carmack strangled Skylea to death, allegedly because she caught Skylea stealing a charm bracelet. That evening, she went to the police to report that Skylea had run away, which Skylea had reportedly done several times before. After a four-day search, Skylea’s body was found September 4 in a trash bag behind the Carmacks’ home. Amanda Carmack was charged with murder, neglect, battery, and strangulation.

Date: August 31, 2019
Gas City, Indiana


Documents: Date:
Father of missing 10-year-old from Gas City speaks out 09-02-2019
Missing 10-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Inside Plastic Bag, Stepmother Arrested for Murder 09-04-2019
Body of 10-year-old Indiana girl missing for days found in plastic bag in shed, stepmom arrested 09-05-2019
Grandma of murdered Gas City girl says she saw signs from accused stepmom 09-05-2019
Court docs: Stepmom killed Gas City girl over charm bracelet. Abuse, confinement marked her last hours. 09-06-2019
Gas City neighbor remorseful after court docs reveal abuse before 10-year-old’s murder 09-06-2019
Missing Indiana girl, 10, found dead in trash bag; stepmother charged in murder 09-06-2019
Body Of 10-Year-Old Girl Found In Plastic Bag In Shed; Stepmother Charged With Murder 09-07-2019