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Stepmom sentenced for splitting 10-year-old girl’s skull

Margarita Garabito

Little Charlenni Ferreira endured abuse so extreme in her young life, that the perpetrators should be considered monsters.

At the age of 6, Charlenni moved from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia to be with her father and his new family. But the move proved to be four years of a living hell that ended with death.

According to court records, her stepmother, Margarita Garabito, subjected the girl to extreme abuse that escaped the view of anyone who cared. Garabito beat the girl so severely that over time she broke her ribs repeatedly. But the most horrific injury was discovered when the child was autopsied. It was found that Charlenni had suffered a deep gash in her head that exposed the skull. Rather than treat the injury, Garabito hid the wound with hair extensions and clips embedded in her flesh like staples.  Garabito also allowed one of her sons to rape the little girl repeatedly. Charlenni’s father was also implicated in the abuse of his daughter but hung himself in prison.

Charlenni Ferreira, died nine days before she turned 11 due to a bacterial infection from her untreated multiple broken ribs. Garabito was sentenced to life in prison by a judge on Friday.


  1. JootJoint on February 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

    How could anyone treat a child in this manner?

    If they were not going to take care of her, then why have her moved in with them?

    Sick and Silly….her dad did the best by hanging himself!

  2. Luv on February 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    It so sad when a child is abuse..I wonder where they mother is in all this.

    • willowspritew on May 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      If the child came from Puerto Rico then that’s probably where her mom is. And is probably heart-broken. She probably sent her little girl to America hoping for a better life for her child never imagining that her child’s own father would allow this to happen.

  3. Noff Memphis on February 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Stepmother will most likely hang herself in jail too. No winners here.

  4. honeybutter on February 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    NOW SHE gets to sit behind bars on tax dollars , can someone say fireing squad ….. child abusers need to be executed . . sorry

    where was the mother of this girl . and her grand parent aunt etc .. i feel so sad to hear this story someone could have saved her

  5. Sherri Etienne on February 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I’m sorry but life isn’t a long enough sentence for this woman…