MARGATE. Fla. (TCD) — A 46-year-old lady and her 43-year-old husband have been arrested this week on suspicion of abusing and torturing their teenage niece over the course of a decade.
Arrest information present Latricia Crawley was taken into custody on Oct. 25 on prices of aggravated youngster abuse and youngster neglect w/ nice bodily hurt, whereas her husband, Benjamin Lockett, was arrested for youngster abuse w/o nice bodily hurt.
Based on the legal criticism, the sufferer contacted her on-line trainer for assistance on Oct. 25 and requested the teacher to ship police to her house on Northwest 79th Terrace. Margate cops arrived on the house and the sufferer informed police that Lockett was indignant together with her as a result of he suspected she had eaten some sweet, so he allegedly hit her and brought about her to hit her head on a desk.
The sufferer suffered a big reduce on her brow and different swelling.
She was taken to Broward Well being Coral Springs, the place officers and medical personnel noticed “proof of serious long-term trauma” on her physique, together with scars resembling ligature marks, scar tissue, insect chunk marks, bruising and malnutrition.
A detective spoke with the sufferer, who mentioned she had been within the custody of Lockett and Crawley since 2014. Since then, the couple is alleged to have ‘deliberately and maliciously tortured the sufferer, unlawfully locked the sufferer in two completely different closets and intentionally abused the sufferer. ways in which have brought about everlasting disfigurement.”
The affidavit says that when the sufferer was 11, Lockett allegedly kicked her within the chin, inflicting a everlasting scar. In one other case, Crawley allegedly oiled the sufferer’s knees when she was 13 years previous and “pressured the sufferer to kneel on rice for a number of hours at a time, for a number of days in a row.”
Her knees turned completely deformed.
In 2021, Crawley reportedly hit the lady’s toes with a hammer.
When the sufferer was 14 years previous in 2022, Crawley and Lockett allegedly tied the lady to numerous objects with a nylon rope. Crawley then allegedly threw boiling water at her.
Based on the affidavit, Lockett and Crawley allegedly locked the lady in a closet, tied her up with zip ties and left her with a bucket to make use of as a bathroom. At occasions, Crawley reportedly poured chilly water on the sufferer “simply to see her get up.”
Crawley additionally allegedly taped the sufferer’s eyes shut and waterboarded her.
The detective wrote that the sufferer had apparent indicators of starvation and malnutrition, which the sufferer reportedly confirmed by saying that Crawley starved her as a type of punishment.
Crawley reportedly requested police if she might launch custody of the sufferer.
The sufferer was taken into custody by Little one Protecting Companies, in response to the affidavit.
Each Lockett and Crawley have been launched from the Broward County Jail.
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