A Minneapolis woman has been charged with 13 counts of assault and criminal sexual conduct after authorities interviewed four child victims, all identified as being under the age of 10.
A filed criminal complaint detailed the following charges:
In May, four children ranging in age from 6 to 9 years old began telling officials about physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by their foster mother. The children gave the details after being placed in foster care when they were removed from their natural mother’s care.
The children were removed from the woman’s care in February 2018 after an anonymous caller told authorities she had witnessed the foster mother hitting her children with a broom handle and a belt. According to the criminal complaint, they began detailing the alleged sexual abuse to their pediatrician during a check-up in May. The woman was arrested .
The pediatrician noted after physical examinations and interviews with the children that “their disclosures were ‘diagnostic of child torture’ which ‘involves longitudinal period of abuse including at least two physical assaults, and two or more forms of psychological maltreatment resulting in prolonged suffering, permanent disfigurement/dysfunction,'” according to the complaint.
The woman is in custody and has been charged with the following:
- Four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13
- Four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 16
- One count of stalking – pattern of stalking conduct
- Four counts of malicious punishment of a child
Robert Maizel, Esquire is an expert trial lawyer who specializes in representing children who have been abused in Foster Care. Children who have been placed in the care of others deserve to know that they will be safe from harm. Mr. Maizel insures that if a foster parent violates this trust, they will be held accountable. You can reach Robert Maizel directly at 215-287-3452.