NEW YORK — A badly abused 10- year- old girl was hospitalized in Oswego County, in Upstate New York on Wednesday afternoon. After experiencing a series of beatings and humiliating punishments at the hands of her mother and other adults living in her home, the frightened child escaped her tormentors while they slept, according to reports.
Among the injustices the child bore were repeated physical punishments. According to the child, she was forced to work outside clearing brush and debris and was not given access to water. She was also reportedly beaten with a tightly rolled newspaper which was wrapped with electrical tape.
Another time, she was made to bear three backpacks, one on each shoulder and one on her back, then carry an additional weight on her front. She was then told to run down a dirt road in the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area. A car followed her progress, and when she failed to travel fast enough, it would hit her.
She additionally reported being served only one meal a day, which she said was doused in hot sauce, making the meal near impossible to consume.
“She just couldn’t take it anymore,” Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said of the young girl’s escape from her home on Albion Cross Road, in rural Oswego County, north of Syracuse. According to authorities, she went to a neighbor seeking assistance.
Bruised and malnourished, the young girl was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She reports that her treatment been in decline since April of this year.
Describing the incident with the backpacks, Sullivan said the child was actually dragged by the car at one point.
“When she physically couldn’t continue, they tied a rope around her waist, tied that same rope to the bumper of the car and began to pull her along,” Sullivan said. “When she would drop, they would continue to drive and she’d end up getting dragged.”
According to Sullivan, the girl had been singled out in her home as the child who was most in need of discipline.
Four adults have been charged for the girl’s treatment, including her 34-year-old mother, Leslieann Raeder.
Raeder was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The other three adults at the home, Shawn Whaley, 23, Brandy Shaver, 18 and Gary Bubis, 37, were all charged with second-degree assault.
Aside from Raeder, it is unclear what each adults relationship is with the 10- year- old girl, but reportedly Bubis had a relationship with Raeder. Bubis’s charge relate to an incident where he allegedly forced a 3- year- old to put its hand into hot water, resulting in a burn to the child’s skin.
Whalen, Bubis and Shaver were arraigned and remanded to the Oswego County Jail on $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bond. The status of their legal representation is unknown.
At this time, a police investigation is ongoing and authorities expect more charges may follow.
Here’s the Albion Cross Road home where deputies say two Oswego County children were abused. pic.twitter.com/bsGNAjXA2t
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