Parents of Emma Rose Bingaman heading to trial for her death

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/5/2018) - The fate of Destiny and George Bingaman is now up to a jury.

The couple was charged just days after their daughter's death with murder, child abuse, child abuse in the presence of her siblings and torture.

Monday, Judge Vikki Bayeh Haley bound the parents over on all 5 felony charges in connection to the death of their 2-and-a-half-year-old toddler, Emma Rose.

Before making her decision, Judge Bayeh Haley reviewed the disabled toddler's autopsy.

The report revealed that Emma Rose died of neglect and physical abuse, including pinching, using a sharp object to pierce her skin all over and slamming her against an object.

Mt. Morris Township Detective James Williams told the Judge Destiny admitted to some of that abuse.

He testified last month that Destiny told him she struck Emma Rose against her wooden crib at least 15 times.

He told the Judge, "We went into again how Emma was a special needs child. And, this was causing a tremendous amount of stress with Destiny. There were also some financial problems with Destiny and George, behind on truck payments and that."

Emma Rose's physical condition was the reason the two gave for why their special needs daughter hadn't received any medical treatment since she was 3 months old, something her 4-year-old sibling noticed.

Destiny's attorney made no comment at the hearing.

George's attorney, Michael Ewing, said his client tried to take care of his daughter.

"Even though at one point he had fed the baby yogurt and Mountain Dew, according to the proofs, I would argue that that showed that he was making an attempt at feeding the child," Ewing explained. "Maybe he didn't care for it, as you would or I would, but he was caring for it."

But the Judge disagreed, she ruled it was clear from the testimony the abuse lasted for years and he could've done something about that.

No trial date has been set.

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