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Mardela Springs child abuse: Maryland mom and girlfriend force three kids to eat dog feces

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Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph
Pictured, Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph. Image via Wicomico County Dept of Corrections
Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph
Pictured, Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph. Image via Wicomico County Dept of Corrections

Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph, two Mardela Springs, Maryland women are arrested in gross instances of child abuse after forcing three children to eat dog feces.

Maryland State Police have told of arrested two Mardela Springs women, Wednesday following allegations a mother and her live in girlfriend physically and sexually abused three children in their care.

Upon their arrest, Amanda R. Wright, 29, the children’s biological mother and Besline Joseph, 25, her live in girlfriend were charged with various counts of child abuse and sexual abuse, assault and reckless endangerment among other charges, after investigators said they first learned of the abuse on Jan. 26.

Involvement in the case was put on priority status after investigators discovered that the children were not only beaten but also occasionally fed dog feces reported wboc.

The media outlet told of Child Protective Services removing the children, ages 8, 9 and 10, from the women’s care the night the investigation began.

Investigators said the three children resided with Wright and her live-in girlfriend at their home in the 11000-block of Norris Twilley Road. When asked if one or both of the women were the mother, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Child Protective Services asked that they not identify the children further.

Police said the investigation revealed that since late spring or early summer of 2017, the three children were physically beaten by both women with not only their hands but items such as extension cords, belts, sticks and other objects.

The beatings led to the children sustaining bloody noses, bruises and cuts, according to police. The investigation also revealed that Wright and Joseph assaulted the children multiple times with a stun gun.

But it gets grimmer.

Amanda R. Wright and Besline Joseph threaten children with death if they told anyone.

Police said the children were reportedly locked in closets and a basement and there was limited time when they were not confined. Investigators said the children’s diet only included bread, water, oatmeal and at times were forced to eat dog feces. Investigators also learned that the children were threatened with death if they told anyone about what was happening to them.

‘Investigators were told that they were at times forced to collect and eat dog feces from a yard at the residence,’ said Greg Shipley. ‘Some wonder why this maybe didn’t come to the attention of law enforcement earlier, but investigators have learned in this situation that these children were threatened with death if they told anyone about what was happening to them.’

Wright and Joseph were arrested at their Wicomico County home, Wednesday morning once police obtained warrants. Police said investigators located and seized the electronic control device and found other evidence that supported information developed during the investigation.

Wright and Joseph will be taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center for processing and their initial appearance before the court commissioner, according to police.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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