Justice for Meka

So I don't even know how to begin this story.... This is a fundraiser for my niece who was horribly abused and tortured by her temporary caretaker (and maybe others). If you are sensitive you may want to stop reading here because this story is graphic and beyond disgusting.
November 20th 2020 a person my family trusted with my niece came to my house and informed me my 15-month-old niece was on her way to the ER. I couldn't understand why this person, who was supposed to be caring for Meka, was at my door and not in the back of the ambulance with her. I told this individual to meet me at the hospital and when I arrived it was like I was walking into a lifetime movie crime scene. They had brown paper evidence bags and rulers to measure the wounds and evidence recording equipment. I instantly got sick to my stomach. The individual we trusted with Meka's care kept telling me "she's just sick, Amanda, she's just sick". I spoke to the detective and it became clear that Meka wasn't just sick, she had been horribly abused, burned with chemicals, given alcohol, battered, and raped multiple ways. There are even more horrific details to the torture and murder that I don't want the world to have to suffer knowing but my family and I keep replaying in our heads. These thoughts will scar us and Meka's young cousins for the rest of our lives.
Leaving the hospital I felt overwhelming guilt that I hadn't taken custody of Meka myself and that this person we trusted her with wasn't as trustworthy as we thought and we hadn't seen the signs of abuse that she was hiding from us. It started making sense why she had so many excuses when we wanted to see Meka and check up on her. I couldn't hold back my emotions and yelled "What did you do to my niece!?" to the woman as we walked out of the hospital.
At this point Meka was still on life support, clinging to life and was placed in protective services, and then medical examiners, CPS workers, and detectives examined her. She had no brain activity because she was dead for 2 minutes before anyone tried to resuscitate her. As more details came out it got even uglier, I don't know how human beings could be so cruel and heartless; there were numerous people that knew what was going on during the days that the abuse was being carried out and failed to reach out to the right people and just allowed the torture to continue. As of the day this is being posted, November 24th 2020, we have stopped life support and Meka was pronounced dead at 8:08am
Where the money will go:
I want justice to be served for my niece and not only prosecute the people that tortured and killed her but I want to have lawyers to prosecute the people that knew about the abuse and stood by doing nothing. I want to provide a lawyer for Meka's father to have temporary release from prison (in prison unrelated to Meka's situation) to be able to grieve with Meka's family and arrange and attend Meka's memorial and funeral. How do you tell my brother that his daughter just died at 8am but that he needed to be back to Crookston prison by 1130am when he should have been with his family!?!?!? I want to be able to pay for funeral costs. I want my family to be able to buy basic groceries and basic living expenses durng the days we can't work because we will be going to court. I want to be able to pay for Meka's emergency room and life support bills. I want to pay for the counseling Meka's family and young cousins need to help them move past this tragedy. I know $10,000 sounds like a lot but when we add up the coming expenses I'm not sure it will cover everything but I'm ashamed and embarrassed to ask for more because we don't like asking for handouts.


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Amanda Carrillo 
Moorhead, MN
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