Sarasota, Florida -- In Sarasota, jury selection is underway for the couple charged with the abuse death of an 11-year-old autistic step-daughter.

Melissa Stoddard died from lack of oxygen in December 2012. The Sarasota Sheriff's Office says her stepmother and father Misty and Kenneth Stoddard admitted to using restraints to control her.

Deputies say they hog-tied Melissa's arms to her legs and put duct tape over her mouth. They say she was also tied to a plywood board.

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