Two Colorado women have been charged with murder after police discovered the bodies of two young girls on a farm.
Nashika Bramble, 36, and Madani Ceus, 37, were arrested last month along with three other people.
They were all initially charged with fatal child abuse but prosecutors announced earlier this week that murder charges were added for Bramble and Ceus.
A spokeswoman for the 7th Judicial District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller told CBS News they could not comment on what led to the murder charges.
Police discovered the bodies of two female children, between the ages of 5 and 10, in mid-September on a farm in Norwood. Investigators said they believe the girls had been dead for several weeks before the bodies were found.
“In my 37 years as sheriff, I have never seen anything as cruel and heartless as this,” Sheriff Bill Masters said in a statement.
Bramble and Ceus, along with 23-year-old Frederick Blair, 53-year-old Ika Eden and 50-year-old Nathanyah Nitchitu were arrested.
In addition to the fatal child abuse charge, Blair and Nitchitu were charged with acting as an accessory to a crime.
Susan Lilly, a spokeswoman for the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, told the Daily News they are not commenting on how the bodies were found or what relationship the children had with the adults.
“The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into this tragic case with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” she said.
The cause of death is being handled by the San Miguel County’s Coroner’s Office, but no information has been released.