Sunday 20 January 2019

Women arrested on child abuse charges after children locked in basement and 'fed bread, water, oatmeal and dog feces'

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Two women are facing multiple charges of child abuse after three children were allegedly locked in a basement and fed dog feces.

State Police in Maryland arrested Amanda R. Wright (29) and Besline Joseph (25) and both are facing counts including first degree child abuse, false imprisonment and assault.

The suspects were arrested at their home in Wicomico County. 

Three children aged eight, nine and 11 were under the care of the women who are in a relationship.

"The investigation has revealed that since late spring or early summer of 2017, the three children endured physical beatings on multiple occasions from both suspects," police said.

"The beatings are believed to have been inflicted with hands, extension cords, belts, sticks and other objects.  The children sustained bloody noses, bruises and cuts.  The investigation also revealed the suspects assaulted the children multiple times with an electronic control device.

"Investigators have learned the children were reportedly locked in closets and a basement.  There was limited time when they were not confined. 

"They were reportedly fed a diet of bread, water, oatmeal and, at times, were forced to eat dog feces.  The children were said to have been threatened with death if they told anyone about the abuse."

The investigation is continuing.

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