November 16, 2014

St. Louis woman sentenced 78 years in prison for waterboarding her children

 A St. Louis woman was sentenced Friday to 78 years in prison after admitting to beating, whipping and waterboarding her children in a prolonged pattern of abuse that prosecutors described as "systematic torture." 
Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, of St. Louis, faced 34 felonies, including multiple counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, for the abuse which was reported to a school librarian in October 2011. 
One of the children, then 10 years old, had gone to school complaining of severe pain in her arm. Prosecutors say the girl revealed Stanley had beaten her with a baseball bat because she had not cleaned the kitchen quickly enough. The girl told the librarian that her sister, then age 8, was also beaten with a bat because she had taken too long to shower. 
When the librarian examined the girl's arm she found it cold and hard to the touch, according to prosecutors. The girl was treated at the hospital, where it was determined that her arm had been subjected to such trauma that the blood supply to the limb was restricted. 
According to prosecutors, interviews with the girls revealed prolonged abuse in which they had been waterboarded, whipped with electrical cords, forced into scalding or freezing showers, and beaten with an array of blunt objects. Further investigation revealed significant scarring on all three of the women's children, prosecutors said, and even worse emotional trauma.
"What the defendant did to three of her own children far exceeds the definition of child abuse and amounts to systematic torture," assistant circuit attorney Tanja Engelhardt wrote in a sentencing memorandum for the judge. "She was supposed to be their mother, the one person they could trust. Instead she became a symbol of betrayal and fear, using every tool at her disposal to beat and torture her own innocent children."  


  1. But it's okay for Obama to have it done to brown kids. Guess that's what gives him his jollies the sick b*stard!

  2. But waterboarding isn't torture, why her own government does it - how could it be a jailable offense? Nobody went to jail for it in the intelligence community/military?

    Ahhhh yes, different rules for them versus us.

  3. by golly gee, but the real war criminal torturers walk the streets of america dragging you idiots into the next quagmire, america the land of the war criminals of the day but not much freedom anymore, what a joke on the useless morons and their ilk

  4. I guess nobody thought a better use of resources might be sentencing her and her family to 78 months (6.5 years) of weekly behavioral health counseling? Does anybody think this outcome will help anybody, other than prisons?