The stepfather’s cruel treatment came to light after someone made an anonymous complaint to the state Department of Children and Families.
Trigger warning: contains graphic details of child abuse that may be distressing to some
A child living in Naugatuck, Connecticut was living out a nightmare after his stepfather put him through immense torture and abuse. The 31-year-old stepfather, Kevin Grant, wouldn’t allow the boy to sleep in his own bed, and he would force him to do things like drink cups of hot sauce, making him throw up, and kneel on hard, uncooked rice for an entire day. What is worse is that the boy’s mother, 29-year-old Kaitlin Elizabeth Baptiste, did nothing to stop Kevin from unleashing a reign of terror on her son.
The boy was finally out of danger on October 1 after someone made an anonymous complaint to the state Department of Children and Families about the ongoing abuse. Investigations led to the police finding out a dozen ways through which Kevin would make the boy suffer in their house on Forest Street, as reported by Hartford Courant.
On one occasion that took place this year in June, the boy was watching television when his brother fell into a table while playing with his siblings. The brother “cracked his head open,” and even though the abused boy reportedly had nothing to do with it, he was blamed for injuring his brother. As punishment, the boy stood facing a wall for a whole week. Even while eating, the boy had to continue standing.
The stepfather has made the boy sleep in the garage for several nights and then in the laundry room for four months. While being interviewed by an investigator, the child revealed that his mother gave him permission to knock only when he had to use the bathroom. However, the cruel stepfather wouldn’t even allow that. Kevin would scream at him and tell him to urinate in his pants instead of knocking.
Sadly, there was a lot more to the torture that the stepfather put him through. “Kevin would constantly do things to him and make him do things that would hurt him,” the arrest warrant said.
The child has had to do push-ups until his arms completely gave up, and he’s had to stand on a ladder with one leg in the air while thumbtacks were intentionally kept below by Kevin. The vile stepfather had once burst a bottle rocket inside the boy’s mouth as well, leaving the boy injured, according to the warrant.
After the horrifying abuse came to light, Kevin was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, intentional cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a child, second-degree reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct, as reported by AP.
Kaitlin was also arrested after she spent her time watching and doing nothing as Kevin gave out sadistic punishments to her son. She was arrested on charges of risk of injury to a child, second-degree reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit both intentional cruelty to persons and disorderly conduct.
“Through the investigation, it was determined the accused was aware that her husband, the juvenile’s step-father, was forcing him to sleep in a locked closet for several months and would subject the child to various physical punishments, including kneeling on tacks and drinking hot sauce until he vomited,” the police said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
The stepfather was released after posing bail amount of $25,000 while Kaitlin also posted her bail amount of $10,000. They are due to appear in court on November 10 for further proceedings.