A vile child abuser was taken into custody after pleading guilty to torturing a 7-year-old boy from High Wycombe, forcing him to consume his own vomit and feces, according to Mirror.
It was discovered in court that 34-year-old Ben Stevens not only forced a young boy who was in his care to drink his own vomit and feces, but he also subjected him to a slew of tortuous acts for an aggregate of five months.
On May 10, 2013, the child obtained a deep burn on his hand and Stevens placed it under tap water which was 82 degrees, causing more pain and damage to the boys hand. After four days of agonizing pain, the boy was finally hospitalized in preparation for a hand surgery. Doctors said the child had to take morphine before the plastic surgery could begin because of the pain.
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On another occasion, the child abuser punched the boy in the groin and had even caused skin damage. He repeatedly abused the child until he was left with no other choice but to take him to a hospital as his injuries became so severe.
Stevens was arrested and charged with wounding with intent and cruelty to a child. He pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday at Aylesbury Crown Court.
“There was little he [Stevens] can say to mitigate circumstances. He feels extremely sorry and if he could turn back the clock he would…the only thing he could offer was his early guilty pleas,” said Stevens’ defense attorney.
“This was a sustained and systematic torture of a vulnerable child, which resulted in some of the worst injuries I have seen on a child in my career,” said Sgt. Malcolm Wheeler, who is a spokesperson for the Thames Valley Child Abuse Unit.
“Stevens is deemed to be a dangerous individual and I hope the lengthy time that he will have to spend in prison and on license will give him a chance to reflect on what he has done and the repercussions that will continue in that child’s life.”
“The victim is now being supported and it is hoped that with the right help he can put those months of cruelty behind him and get on with his life.”
During the sentencing, Judge Kristina Montgomery told Stevens that “an act of unimaginable cruelty towards a child…this once happy child was now profoundly disturbed.”
She added that the “defendant had ruined the boy’s childhood and in adulthood he would bear the scars.”
The vile child abuser was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the torturous crimes he committed on the child.
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