Four people in upstate New York are facing charges for a shocking case of child abuse.
On Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl escaped a trailer in the small town of Albion. She ran to a neighbor’s home to tell them that she was being abused, WSTM-TV reports.
According to CNYCentral, police soon found out that the girl was being targeted and abused since April. She was allegedly repeatedly kicked and beaten for months with both open hands and closed fists. The child was reportedly only allowed one meal a day, which was doused heavily in hot sauce. She was not allowed to bathe and did not have access to a bathroom, food or water while working outside all day.
Police said that the victim was also forced to run with weighted backpacks, followed by a car that would hit her if she didn’t run fast enough. She was then tied to the back of that vehicle after she ran “too slow,” according to the Sheriff's Office. The child is currently hospitalized.
The victim’s mother, 34-year-old Leslieann Raeder, was one of the four arrested. A mugshot of her is unavailable. Also arrested and charged for the abuse of the girl were Raeder’s boyfriend, Gary Bubis Jr, 37. Bubis’ sister Brandy Shaver, 18, and her boyfriend Shawn Whaley, 23.
Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan said on Thursday that he case is the worst case of child abuse in recent memory.
"This whole thing is just awful," he said, according to CNYCentral. "I've been talking about it all day and still can't wrap my brain around it."
Undersheriff Sullivan said that the adults charged singled out the young girl as the "naughty" child.
"So this was as a result of discipline and trying to make her behave. Frankly all we can get right now is that her offenses amounted to sneaking food, trying to get food; trying to do things that kids do," Undersheriff Sullivan said.
Anyone with more information on this case is urged to contact Sheriff’s investigators at 315-349-3411.
[Photo: Oswego County Sheriff’s Office]