Pennsylvania couple Dion and Malisa Stevens are expected to turn themselves in to the police.
They are wanted for inflicting torture on their 12-year-old daughter. The Stevenses subjected their daughter to waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique that has been “condemned by the United Nations as a form of torture.”
The couple faces several felony charges, however, they fled their home in May when an investigation began, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Police documents show that a caseworker from the Beaver County Children and Youth Services reported that the Stevens’s “openly admitted” to waterboarding their daughter “because they were punishing her.”
The daughter relayed to police that back in November, her parents had brought her into the basement where they “bound together” her hands with packaging tape. The affidavit said:
A wet towel was was then placed over her face. She was then tilted backwards with her feet off the ground and a bucket of cold water was poured over her covered face.
The 12-year-old recounted that she was “screaming and trying to get loose from the chair.” However, because of the combination of the wet towel making it hard to breathe and being bound to the chair, she was unable to break free. Police said she told them that her father learned the torture technique from a movie.
Police obtained a warrant. In addition to evidence depicting the torture, the couple admitted they executed the torture upon their daughter. The police set up a formal interview with the couple for the day following the warrant. However, the couple didn’t show up.
Their whereabouts are currently unknown.
The victim has been taken into custody by Child Protective Services. According to court documents, she is now in foster care.
Charges against the couple include strangulation, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of children, and recklessly endangering another person.
Neither of the Stevenses has a criminal record.
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