Father, stepmother repeatedly punished 9-year-old daughter by tying her up and waterboarding her in a bathtub

A Utah couple have been charged with one count of felony child abuse after they waterboarded their 9-year-old daughter as a punishment


                            Father, stepmother repeatedly punished 9-year-old daughter by tying her up and waterboarding her in a bathtub

A Utah couple decided to waterboard their 9-year-old daughter as some sick form of punishment, according to the authorities. 29-year-old Joseph Maeser Mitchell and his 28-year-old wife Ilaria Catherina Mitchell were arrested and then charged with one count of felony child abuse. 

According to the police report which was obtained by Gephardt Daily, "The nine-year-old disclosed that her father, Joseph Mitchell, and her stepmother, Ilaria Mitchell, have punished her three separate times by putting a towel over her face and pouring water on it. The girl went into detail saying that Joseph and Ilaria would take her to the bathroom and tie her hands behind her back. They would then hold her down in the bathtub and place a towel over her face and pour water on it."

Joseph Mitchell and Ilaria Mitchell (Source: NewsFiji, Facebook)
Joseph Mitchell and Ilaria Mitchell (Source: NewsFiji, Facebook)

As per the report, the child also shared that she "cannot breathe and it hurts when this happens." The child also told the authorities how her step-mother had even punched her in the nose which caused it to bleed and this alleged abuse has happened around three times.

The authorities added that she was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries which she had sustained on her wrists. The injuries are believed to be consistent with being tied down and having her hands bound up. 



 

The police further added how Joseph Mitchell had been caught with a credit card in the name of his wife's 7-year-old nephew.  He was also charged with unlawful possession of a financial card which is a third-degree felony. 

According to court documents, in the year 2017, Mitchell pleaded no contest to having an animal running at large in exchange for a charge of animal cruelty being dismissed. In the year 2013, court records showed him plead guilty to disorderly conduct as he made "unreasonable noises in public place" in a domestic violence case.

In exchange for his plea, five counts of domestic violence were dismissed.