Danielle Miller fed her 4-year-old stepson beans laced with a laxative, poured hot sauce down his throat, and locked him in a closet for hours, the NY Daily News is reporting. According to authorities, the Pennsylvania woman resented the child because her boyfriend had him with another woman.
Lancaster County officials revealed that the boy was beaten repeatedly. He was also called foul names like “f***ing pig with a stupid f***ing ugly face.” The 4-year-old was also tied by the legs in a game that his stepmother called “playing mermaid.” He was also denied water and forced to defecate on command.
Surprisingly, there were three other children in the home. Miller is the biological mother of the three children, including one with her present boyfriend. The traumatized child is staying with family members, while the other three kids are in custody of Children and Youth Services.
Miller was charged with false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and harassment, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and endangering a child. The boy’s father, who allegedly did nothing to stop the horrific abuse, is being charged with endangerment and conspiracy.
The 31-year-old stepmother from Hell is being held in a county jail because she is unable to meet her $300,000 bail on eight felony counts. Her 30-year-old partner is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Police said they visited the parents after a tip-off from a concerned relative who had complained that she had witnessed Miller verbally, psychologically, and physically abuse the little boy for months. Doctors who examined the boy at the Lancaster General Hospital said his injuries did not tally with childhood activity, attributing it to intentional circumstances.
According to reports, if the toddler had a toilet accident, he was left to wear his soiled clothes for hours before they were changed. When the family also went to play at a nearby creek, he was left in the car with a bandanna across his eyes, while his half-siblings had fun. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said the other kids lived privileged lives, adding that the non-biological child was always the butt of Miller’s cruel intentions.
“There was no evidence of abuse whatsoever with her kids but the one that wasn’t hers was the target. Everybody knows this is just one of the most disgusting cases that we’ve had to see the facts. And the facts read out of some type of novel. I wish I could say it was some sort of horror novel or a movie.”
Recently, another Pennsylvania woman, Christian Clark was arrested by police after allegedly committing atrocities against a child that was under her care. The 21-year-old reportedly brutally murdered her 17-month old son and then sent pictures of the dead boy to his father.
In a build-up to the fatal incident, Clark had engaged in an argument with the boy’s father that went back and forth in text messages. Clark was upset that she had to clean up after her children while Andre Price Jr; left for work. The 21-year-old was also bitter that her boyfriend was having an affair.
The text messages took a violent tone with Clark threatening that she would kill her two children. Apparently, he stopped responding to her messages, and she allegedly killed her toddler son and sent a picture of him lying face down on a mattress. In a video recorded at 10: 14 p.m. Clark had taunted Andre saying her daughter was alive, but his son was dead.
Clark smothered Andre Price III by pressing his face into an air mattress in the living room and tried to do the same to her other daughter, Angel.
She has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of Andre Price III and also faces charges for attempting to kill her daughter.
[Featured Image by Lancaster County DA’s Office]