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St.Louis Woman Gets 78 Years for Waterboarding Own Children

November 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A St. Louis woman was sentenced Friday to 78 years in prison after admitting to beating, whipping and waterboarding her children in what is being called a prolonged pattern of abuse that prosecutors described as “systematic torture.”

Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, of St. Louis, faced 34 felonies, including multiple counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, for the abuse which was reported to a school librarian in October 2011.

One of the children, then 10 years old, had gone to school complaining of severe pain in her arm.

Prosecutors say the girl revealed Stanley had beaten her with a baseball bat because she had not cleaned the kitchen quickly enough.

The girl admitted to the librarian that her sister, then age 8, was also beaten with a bat because she had taken too long to shower.

When the librarian asked to see the girl’s arm, she found it cold and hard to the touch, according to prosecutors.

The girl was treated at the hospital, where it was determined that her arm had been subjected to such trauma that the blood supply to the limb was restricted.

According to prosecutors, interviews conducted with the girls revealed prolonged abuse which included being, waterboarded, whipped with electrical cords, forced into scalding or freezing showers, and beaten with an array of blunt objects.

The investigation revealed significant scarring on all three of the women’s children, prosecutors said, and horrible emotional trauma.

“What the defendant did to three of her own children far exceeds the definition of child abuse and amounts to systematic torture,” assistant circuit attorney Tanja Engelhardt wrote in a sentencing memorandum for the judge. “She was supposed to be their mother, the one person they could trust. Instead she became a symbol of betrayal and fear, using every tool at her disposal to beat and torture her own innocent children.”

The woman’s husband, Andrew Rui Stanley, 30, pleaded guilty last year to 42 felony counts on related charges, plus submitted Alford pleas on additional counts.

Image courtesy of stltoday.com

Image courtesy of stltoday.com

Stanley has since been sentenced to 160 years in prison.

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