A Queens couple is facing multiple charges for allegedly abusing their 12-year-old daughter. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
Richard Brown says he's handled few child abuse cases this ugly in nearly a quarter century as the Queens District Attorney.
"Certainly, this is among the worst cases of child abuse that I've seen. There's no justification for this having occurred," Brown says.
Prosecutors allege that an Ozone Park house is where a 12-year-old girl was frequently battered by her father and stepmother, who are accused of starving her and dishing out beatings with a baseball bat, a rolling pin and a broken broom handle.
"It's charged that over a 19-month period that they would lock her up in her room without food or water and that she suffered beatings on a regular basis," Brown says.
Forty-six-year-old Rajesh Ranot and 31-year-old wife Sheetal are charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
This came only after the child spoke up about the horrors she allegedly endured from December 2012 through last month—and after officials from the city's Administration for Children's Services had removed her and her two step-siblings from the house on 96th Street.
"She finally indicated that she had been abused. When she was satisfied that the siblings were in a safe and secure place," Brown says.
Officials said the emaciated middle school student had been treated multiple times at Queens hospitals, including a May 6 visit to Elmhurst Hospital, where doctors found her body covered in bruises.
"The doctors found that her wrist was literally cut wide open, down to the bone," Brown says.
An ACS spokesman declined comment on the case, which disgusted neighbors who said they often saw the girl wearing long sleeves.
"It's sad to know that parents can do something like that to their child," one neighbor says.
Lawyers for the Ranots declined comment.
A source tells NY1 that the girl has packed on at least ten pounds on to her skeletal 58-pound frame since she was removed from the home of her father and step-mother who are due back in Queens Criminal Court on August 13.