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Mother and girlfriend forced their 3 children to eat dog feces

By William Martin 2:22 PM February 4, 2018
Amanda Wright (L) and Besline Joseph

A lesbian couple is accused of abusing three young children by confining them and forcing them to eat dog feces, according to police in Maryland.

The Maryland State Police said that the two women were arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse involving children in their custody in Wicomico County.

Amanda R. Wright, 29, and her girlfriend, Besline Joseph, 25, both of the 11000-block of Norris Twilley Road, were charged with child abuse, assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a minor, stalking, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, false imprisonment, causing ingestion of a bodily fluid.

The suspects were arrested at their home.

They will be taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center for processing and bail hearings.

Last month, the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack was contacted regarding allegations of child abuse involving the suspects.

An investigation was immediately initiated by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division in cooperation with Child Protective Services personnel assigned to the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center.

Based on the allegations, Child Protective Services officials removed the three children from the home the night the investigation began.

Investigators determined the three victims, ages 8, 9, and 10, resided with Wright and her live-in girlfriend Joseph.

The investigation has revealed that since late spring or early summer of 2017, the three children endured physical beatings on multiple occasions from both suspects.

The beatings are believed to have been inflicted with hands, extension cords, belts, sticks, and other objects.

The children sustained bloody noses, bruises, and cuts.

The investigation also revealed the suspects assaulted the children multiple times with an electronic control device.

Investigators have learned that the children were reportedly locked in closets and a basement.

They were reportedly fed a diet of bread, water, and oatmeal, and at times, were forced to eat dog feces.

The children were said to have been threatened with death if they told anyone about the abuse.