Vegas policewoman made son wear dress to school, asked husband to hit him as she wasn't 'causing enough pain'
Police officer Destini Woodruff reportedly admitted to the disturbing abuse after she was arrested for battering her own son along with her cop husband
A sadistic mother reportedly purchased a dress solely to embarrass a young boy in her care by forcing him to wear it to school, authorities revealed. Police officer Destini Woodruff has reportedly admitted to the disturbing abuse she meted out to the child after she was arrested for battering her own son, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The policewoman ordered her child to drop his pants as she geared up to physically punish him. According to the report, the woman summoned her husband, who is also a cop and the boy's stepfather, when her open-handed slaps weren't "causing him enough pain." Officer John Wesley Woodruff, 29, who the child knows as "Big Johnny", subsequently grabbed a "police belt" and smacked him so hard that the bruises were visible several days later, per arrest documents.
Following the belt assault, John reportedly grabbed the child by the neck and lifted him off the floor, thereby suffocating him and causing him to soil his pants. The disturbing allegations were outlined in an arrest report made public Thursday. Authorities noted how 26-year-old Destini had failed to protect her own son. The Woodruff household comprises a son from each officer from their past relationships and one biological daughter they had together. Two previous investigations by Clark County Child Protective Services and at least one Henderson Police report noted how the horror duo had a history of child abuse.
According to said reports, discipline at the Woodruff home became increasingly violent prior to the incident that eventually led to their arrests. It was also reported that Destini once forced one of the boys (it is unclear who) to wear girl's clothing to school in a bid to humiliate him as a form of punishment. She told authorities that she specifically bought girl's clothing for the punishment as she didn't have a daughter around the boy's age.
Meanwhile, John's son, who is nonverbal and was used to sleeping with his biological parents when they were together, had to sleep on his own at the new home. According to the report, John would spank his son if the boy tried to snuggle with him.
The ages of the children were redacted in the reports for legal reasons. However, Destini's son appears to be under 10 and her daughter was reportedly born on or after 2017. Destini told authorities that the beating the boy received on May 9 was after he "disrespected" her by lying about bullying his sister. While the policewoman branded her son a liar, his account to investigators was spot on, they said, noting the severe bruising on his lower back, buttocks, and leg, coupled with a strangulation test administered at University Medical Center six days after the assault.
Destini admitted she canceled her son's weekly visit to his biological father after the beating. She told the boy's father in a text message that their son couldn't "get it through his head that he cannot lie and bully anyone ever and then just go to your house and get away with it." However, the father noticed the bruising on him four days later and immediately called the police. The Woodruffs turned themselves in to Metro headquarters on Tuesday. Both were booked on three counts of child abuse and one count each of conspiracy to commit child abuse and domestic battery by strangulation.
Police noted that if the violence had continued unchecked, it could have led to a future death. Destini and John Woodruff have now been freed on bail ahead of their next court appearance.