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Prosecutors will seek death penalty against Ogden duo accused of killing child

Wednesday , July 11, 2018 - 9:19 AM

Brenda Emile, left, and Miller Costello, right, have been charged in connection with the death of their 3-year-old daughter. They appeared July 13, 2017, in 2nd District Court in Ogden.

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Brenda Emile, left, and Miller Costello, right, have been charged in connection with the death of their 3-year-old daughter. They appeared July 13, 2017, in 2nd District Court in Ogden.

OGDEN — Weber County may once again be the host to a death penalty case

On Tuesday, prosecutors with the Weber County Attorney’s Office filed their intent to pursue capital punishment against Miller Costello, 26, and Brenda Emile, 23, in connection with the death of their 3-year-old daughter Angelina Costello

On July 6, 2017, police responded to a 911 call about a 3-year-old who was unconscious and not breathing. 

The two were arrested and charged with aggravated murder just days after the severely malnourished child was found with injuries to her head, chest, wrists, legs and a “piece missing” from her nose, according to an Ogden Police detective. 

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During a February preliminary hearing, the detective and a medical examiner described the 3-year-old as looking like a “child from a concentration camp.”

Her injuries ranged from brain hemorrhages to cigarette burns, according to the medical examiner.

At the time of her death, the child weighed 13 pounds. One prosecutor said during the February hearing “that should be the weight of a 3-month-old, not a 3-year-old.” 

Both Costello and Emile are being held without bail at the Weber County Jail. 

Their next court appearance will be on Thursday, July 19 for a disposition hearing at Ogden’s 2nd District Court. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.