Five Louisiana residents face federal charges for allegedly caging and abusing an autistic woman, two years after they were arrested on state charges in the case.
The 22-year-old victim was allegedly kept in a cage outside the home where the five suspects lived in Tangipahoa Parish. Prosecutors said the victim was forced into manual labor such as bathroom and kitchen cleaning and subjected to threats of harm or death if she didn’t obey. The victim was also allegedly subjected to beatings, being burned with a cigarette lighter and had human waste from a septic tank dumped on her.
She allegedly vomited after being forced to eat the cremated remains of her late mother as the defendants laughed. She was allegedly forced to live in a cage made of chicken wire and covered with a tarp. A bucket was put in the cage where the woman was told to use as a toilet.
“The degree of trauma that someone like this goes through is probably indescribable,” Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards said.