NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County man is ordered to stand trial on charges he killed his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter in 2016. Charges were filed more than 2 1/2 years after the little girl died when her brother was hospitalized with what are described as injuries similar to hers.
Marquis Thomas is charged with beating and choking 4-year-old Kailee Bunrout in Towamencing in October 2016. About two years after her death, this past October, Kailee’s then 8-year-old brother ended up at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
An interview her brother gave to investigators five months later was played at Thomas’ preliminary hearing.
The boy was sobbing uncontrollably for about a minute when he was asked if ever saw Thomas beat or choke anyone else before he finally answered, his sister.
Marquis Thomas denies choking and killing 4-year-old Kailee Bunrout in 2016 as he leaves his prelim hearing. He’s ordered to stand trial for murder after prosecutors played emotional intervew of her 9yo brother: “I miss her, don’t like talking about her.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/xNBl0AzEw0
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“Listening to an 8-year-old boy disclose evidence of abuse by his father and talking about his dead sister, that’s really hard to hear,” said prosecutor Ed McCann.
Defense attorney Carrie Allman pointed out the medical examiner in 2016 ruled the cause of death and manner of death were inconclusive, saying the injuries could have been cause by efforts to resuscitate the girl. Allman argued unsuccessfully that prosecutors didn’t present enough evidence to prove those findings should be changed.
As he left the hearing, Thomas said he’s innocent.
“I would never do anything to harm my kids. The truth will come out soon enough,” he said.