An Aliquippa, Pennsylvania couple have come under fire after allegedly "waterboarding" their 12-year-old daughter using techniques they learned by watching movies! Dion and Malisa Stevens were both charged with aggravated assault of the girl after authorities were "tipped off" anonymously by someone who claimed there was a case of child abuse at their residence.
Here are the details:
"Police went to the family home in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and were told by the 12-year-old daughter about a time in April where she was dragged into the basement and waterboarded by her parents.The couple went on the run in May after the police were informed, but they turned themselves in months later in October to face their charges."
"The 12-year-old described to cops how she was bound into a chair with packing tape.Then, the girl said, a wet towel was placed over her face and her chair was tilted backward as a bucket of cold water was poured onto her, preventing her from breathing.The police report said the couple 'openly admitted' that they tried to 'waterboard' the child 'because they were punishing her'.The couple told police they learned about waterboarding 'through a movie'.
"The man and woman were both charged with strangulation, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, child endangerment and reckless endangerment. But their attorney reported this week that they have entered into a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.'We have entered into a tentative plea agreement with the district attorney's office,' said defense attorney Lee Rothman to KDKA Pittsburgh.'It's my hope that the agreement will be upheld. It's an agreement that is geared toward family unification.'The parents would then face no jail time for their alleged abuse of their daughter.It is unclear who their daughter has been staying with during the court proceedings."
I feel so sorry for this poor child. Let's pray that she's with people who love her and are going to keep her safe.