A Queens couple was charged with repeatedly starving and beating their 12-year-old daughter, officials said on Tuesday.
Maya Ranot's weight dropped to 58 pounds after some 20 months of abuse, during which she was regularly locked in a bedroom without food or water for extended periods, prosecutors said.
She was also punched and kicked in the face and body, hit with a baseball bat and rolling pin, struck with various objects while being forced to sand in cold showers and beaten with a broken metal broom handle, officials said.
Maya was hit so hard with the broom handle in May 2013 that the tendons to her left wrist were cut to the bone, officials said. The emancipated girl was found by medical workers in a pool of blood and she needed surgery.
"The criminal charges allege that this young victim was subjected to years of unspeakable physical abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother," Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
Maya stayed silent about the attacks because she was worried her younger step-siblings would be placed in foster care if she came forward, Brown said.
This past May, Maya was taken to the hospital where doctors found bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing, prosecutors said. An investigation was launched shortly after.
Maya's father Rajesh Ranot, 46, and stepmother Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Ozone Park, were in jail on Tuesday after being arraigned last week. They are expected in court again Aug. 13.
The couple faces multiple child abuse charges including assault and endangerment, officials said. Information on their attorneys was not immediately available.
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