Aliquippa Police are on the hunt for a couple accused of using a banned interrogation technique on their 12-year-old daughter last November. Warrants have been issued for 41-year-old Malisa Stevens and 34-year-old Dion Stevens for waterboarding the girl in the basement of a home in the 900 block of Main Street in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Neighbors Reported The Abuse
There are no reports on how long this torture persisted, but when neighbors first became aware of what was happening back in April, they immediately alerted authorities.
“I didn’t think it was right, and that’s why I called and had her removed out of the house,” the neighbor said.
Based on what the young girl told neighbors, authorities launched an investigation which included Aliquippa Police as well as children and Youth Services of Beaver County. She was being treated like a prisoner of war.
“[She said they] would take her down into the basement and tie her down to a chair and if she screamed, they shoved water down her throat,” the neighbor said.
They Learned It From A Movie
The couple admitted during the course of the investigation to waterboarding the girl. According to police, they learned the tortured technique from a movie. Malisa and Dion would take the young girl downstairs to the basement, tape her to a chair with packing tape, and tie the girl’s hands behind her back.
They then stuffed rags into her mouth and poured water over her mouth which prevented her from screaming and made it hard to breathe. In other words, waterboarding simulates drowning. The practice, once used by the military and other branches of law enforcement, has been banned in the United States since 2015. But the Stevens family somehow thought that waterboarding as punishment was a good idea.
“They acknowledged that they had waterboarded the victim to both the investigators from the Aliquippa Police and to Children and Youth Services of Beaver county,” Aliquippa Police Capt. Ryan Pudik said.
The couple has been running from police since making those confessions. When and if they are caught, they will have to face multiple charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. No one knows why Malisa and Dion Stevens would use torture to discipline a little girl. But if karma has its way, sooner or later they will pay for their crimes.
— infowe (@infowe) October 5, 2017