(AP)– A couple babysitting 4 children subjected at least 2 of them to physical and psychological terror over six days, making a woman drink pet dog urine, knocking out her sibling and inflicting whippings that left visible injuries and needed their hospitalization, cops said.
Jakayo Scott Frye and Shyann Marie Hills, both 22, were charged Wednesday in Pennsylvania with lots of criminal activities, including aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and child endangerment.
Cops said the victims’ mother paid Frye and Hills $100 to view her four kids– while she vacationed in North Carolina for a week in late July– at a house trailer in the town of Rome, near the New york city border.
A 9-year-old girl appeared to suffer the worst abuse, including being connected to a cabinet by the wrists up until her hands turned purple and being required to lick her own urine from a wooden flooring after she was not allowed to utilize the restroom for an extended duration, authorities stated.
When her mom picked her up on July 27, authorities said, the woman suffered a hurting back, stated she felt as if she was about to pass out, was greatly bruised and showed trouble walking. An ambulance was summoned, and the medical facility called cops.
A nurse informed detectives the lady suffered a possible ankle sprain, was dehydrated and showed extreme injury or tension to her muscle tissue. A cops investigator observed bruising all over both kids’s bodies, consisting of the lady’s “exceptionally swollen and red” ears.
One of her siblings said the woman was picked up repeatedly by the ears.
The mother told police Frye and Hills described the swellings by telling her the kids had actually been throwing themselves against a wall and that a dog cage had actually fallen on the 9-year-old.
Frye and Hills were both jailed. His bail was set at $750,000 and hers at $500,000. No attorney was listed for them in court records.
Detectives learned the painful allegations in interviews with the 2 kids, their two sisters and another child, a 14-year-old kid.
They recounted how the lady was required to run in location with a 5-gallon container tied to her body, and to hold a “slab” position while nails would pierce her feet if she moved.
The woman was also kept awake for 24 hours, on some days she wasn’t fed at all, and she was tied to a pet dog cage by her waist and hands, authorities stated.
Her 8-year-old sibling said the lady was required to consume canine urine through a straw, police wrote.
The 9-year-old woman informed a recruiter “they dealt with the pets much better” than they treated her and her sibling, according to the arrest affidavit. She stated that Frye threatened her to keep quiet about his supposed attacks or “he would ‘come for her,'” authorities stated.
The kid told police she was tied up due to the fact that she was sobbing for her mother, and was being abused. She said her head was “smashed” against a bed room door and the fridge “various times,” authorities composed. Frye and Hills are accused of beating kids with their fists, a metal range handle and a belt.
Frye based on the back of the 7-year-old young boy while he was in a “push up” position up until he passed out, cops alleged, and a 10-year-old sis told detectives “they woke him up by putting his head under water.”
The couple presumably had the 14-year-old kid beat up the 7-year-old kid, police likewise said.
Court records list Frye and Hills as homeowners of Rome and of Towanda, a nearby town. An initial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14.
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