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Mother on Trial in Connection With Daughter's Death

Kynande Bennett Kynande Bennett
Kevin Bennett Kevin Bennett
Vartasha McCullough Vartasha McCullough

FEBRUARY 6, 2006 -- Kynande Bennett's mother is on trial for murder, although no one can say for sure whether the girl is dead or alive.

Vartasha McCullough is accused of killing her little girl. Her body has never been found, and McCullough first told police she'd been kidnapped from a store in Whiteville.

Jury selection in McCullough's trial began Monday afternoon in the Horry County Courthouse in Conway. Members of the little girl's family, as well as her father, Kevin Bennett, were there. Charges were dropped against Bennett, but several remain against McCullough, including homicide by child abuse.

This is only the third murder case in South Carolina where there is no body.

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday morning.

Reported by Joe Keiley

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