SALISBURY, Md. — Charging documents against two Maryland women reveal a pattern of abuse against three children, including forcing them to eat dog feces.
One of those children, age 8, told authorities & ldquo threatened; to cut their throats and bury them in the backyard & rdquo; if he told anyone of their “business,” authorities.
Amanda Rachelle Wright, 29, of Mardela Springs, the mother of the children, along with her husband, Besline Joseph, 25, were arrested Wednesday and charged with numerous counts of child abuse, assault, neglect of a minor, false imprisonment and stalking, according to documents filed in District Court.
Both women were being held Thursday afternoon, according to Maryland online court documents.
Maryland State Police began an investigation to the two girls Jan. 26 after a comparative reported the abuse. On Tuesday, a social worker and authorities interviewed the children, ages 8, 9 and 10, according to the charging papers. The next day, Joseph and Wright were detained.
The children told police that they had suffered beatings with a stick, extension cord and belt and a taser was used on them. Documents say that they were punished for many different reasons.
The 10-year-old “has been tased on numerous occasions by Amanda (Wright) and Besline (Joseph) for not matching laundry up correctly, forgetting to feed the puppy and eating food which Amanda and Besline do not desire him to have,” police said in the charging documents.
The kid told police his mom “ordered him go outside to get a plate out of the kitchen, retrieve dog feces from the yard and put it based on court documents.
The documents state two of the children were locked in a living room closet for four months. A witness to the abuse told researchers that the pair were told they’d have to eat “prison meals” during that time.
“They have been fed bread, oatmeal and water, and only let out to consume and remove them,” court documents state, and on occasion, the children urinated on themselves since they weren’t let out of their cupboard.
Wright and Joseph are being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center.
In general, Joseph confronts 29 charges and Wright faces 30 charges.
The women’s statement of charges reveal they could be facing substantial prison time, with potential penalties for the listed charges ranging from three years incarceration or a $1,000 fine to as much as 25 years in prison.
Joseph is also facing a separate fee in connection with a December theft.