Maryland placed two women under arrest for abusing three children aged 8, 9, and 10. The three abused children were routinely locked in closets, beaten, and assaulted with an electronic control device. The children were fed nothing but bread, water, and oatmeal. They were also forced to occasionally eat dog feces.
Amanda R. Wright and her girlfriend Besline Joseph were both arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse. The women are also facing two assault charges, as well as charges of stalking, false imprisonment, causing ingestion of a bodily fluid, and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
The two women abused the children regularly. The severe beatings left them with cuts, bruises, and bloody noses. Maryland State Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley told a CNN affiliate: “These three victims were abused with a variety of implements: Electrical cords, the suspects’ hands, with beatings from belts, sticks other objects.”
The three abused children detailed more of their experiences during the investigation. They told police of a number of incidents. The oldest child would be shocked with a Taser for a number of reasons, including trying to eat food that the women did not want him to have. He was also forced to eat dog feces from the backyard.
The 8-year-old reported to police that Amanda R. Wright threatened to slit their throats and bury them in the backyard if they told anyone what was going on in the house. He also told police that at one point he was shoved into the washing machine, which cracked his head.
Two of the children, aged 8 and 10, were locked in a closet for roughly four months during the summer of 2017. The 10-year-old was only allowed out to eat and use the restroom. However, the children reported that they would regularly urinate themselves in the closet from being locked in for so long.
Police declined to identify the relationship between the women and the three abused children. Maryland police are continuing to investigate this case of severe child abuse. The two women remain in custody. Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley told a CNN affiliate: “It is hard to imagine this type of abuse, and certainly even harder to imagine the motive behind it.”