SARASOTA, Fla. -- The trial of a Sarasota County woman accused of abusing and killing her step-daughter is now underway.
Misty Stoddard faces a First Degree Murder charge in the death of 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard.
Prosecutors say the young autistic girl was bound and duct taped to a board, causing her death.
The case will be heard by a 14-person jury that was seated last week.
A Sarasota man is behind bars, charged with felony Aggravated Child Abuse after deputies say his 11-year-old daughter's death revealed a pattern of abuse at the family's home.