Two Alabama women have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and beating a woman to death over food stamps.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Susan Otts, 39, and Tamara Giarrusso, 43, are being charged with kidnapping and capital murder for their alleged roles in the death of Miranda Michelle Lynch, 34, the Associated Press reports.
Karen Kirby, Otts' 57-year-old mother, was charged with the murder last week. She is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.
Lynch was found dead in a mobile home in Jefferson County, Alabama, on Aug. 7.
According to the sheriff’s office, the three women allegedly held Lynch against her will in Kirby's home. Over the duration of two days, the women beat Lynch and threatened her in an attempt to obtain information on an EBT card.
Lynch’s live-in boyfriend had borrowed Kirby’s car to get an EBT card, but wrecked the car on the way and was critically injured, Jefferson County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.
Following the accident, the three women devised a plan to obtain the benefits from Lynch’s boyfriend by copying his EBT card. After Lynch refused to provide the information, Kirby, Otts and Giarrusso started threatening and beating her, according to WBRC.
Lynch was discovered after a caller reported hearing screaming from the mobile home. She was found dead on the bathroom floor and appeared to have suffered from blunt force trauma, according to deputies.
Kirby later admitted to hitting the woman in the head with multiple objects while they were arguing, WBRC reported.
"I've been in this a long time; I’ve never heard of women participating in something like that," Christian said.
Kirby, Otts and Giarrusso are currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.