Danielle Duke, from Pennsylvania, has been accused of severely abusing her 4-year old stepson and the court paperwork indicates that the abuse has been happening for several months. A concerned individual contacted the police after seeing Danielle Duke physically, verbally, and psychologically abuse the boy – on a daily basis for approximately three months.
The boy’s father, Nathan Duke, did nothing to stop the abuse. Police started their investigation after being shown pictures of the little boy with bruises, cuts, burns, and redness on his entire body.
The woman who alerted authorities said Duke was verbally and physically abusive to the boy every day.
She said that she saw Duke feeding the boy laxatives and pouring hot sauce in his mouth. She then refused to give him any water for up to 15 minutes at a time.
Duke also played a game called “playing mermaid” with the boy which meant she would wrap his legs with duct tape and a sheet – and then leave him like that for hours at a time.
In the complaint, the police wrote that Duke would often yell things like “I’m gonna kick your a—,“ and “You nasty a—hole at the four-year-old.
The boy’s father reportedly stood by and let this abuse happen and continue – he did nothing to help his son.
The police believe that Duke hated the little boy and was extremely jealous because the boy’s father had the child with another woman. Duke and the boy’s father are both facing child abuse charges.