Police in Newark arrested six people in connection with what the local media has dubbed a "house of horrors" for a 3-year-old boy who was repeatedly beaten and even scaled with boiling water at the residence. According to police, the 3-year-old boy's mother is one Natacha Smith, 43, she and five other people were arrested for the alleged ring of abuse surrounding the boy.
Police also arrested 62-year-old Patricia Gamarra, 55-year-old Mary Buchan, 28-year-old Patricia Buchan, 23-year-old Bridget Buchan, and 39-year-old Homer "Omar" Searcy. All six defendants have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after they systematically used the toddler as their whipping boy hitting him with fists, belts, and even scalding water as a form of punishment.
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Prosecutors say it is thanks to a daycare teacher who reported the abuse to the authorities. All of the six suspects who were arrested lived in the same residence with five other children yet police say the 3-year-old was the only one subjected to the terrible abuse. The other children seem to be in "good condition", according to local news Abc 7.
It is unclear what kind of condition the 3-year-old victim is currently in, but it is known that he survived the abuse. The family was known to a local minimart across the street from their residents and workers were shocked to hear of the dark and twisted allegations.
"No, we had no idea of what was going on," one worker told Abc 7. "Sometimes they would bring the kids and whatever the case, and go back. Because we just service the community, we know they live there. So when the kids are out and we have little snacks and stuff, we give the kids something extra, but other than that, we haven't seen anything."
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The other six children have all been turned over to the state's child protective services. All six adults were charged and booked into Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark following their arrest.
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