A 10-year-old girl ran from her Albion home in the dark night last week in order to get rid of the car trailing behind her. Shawn M. Whaley told deputies that it was a part of her punishment at the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area in Williamstown.
According to the statement filed by deputies, Shawn drove the car behind the little girl by setting the headlights on her, the girl carried backpacks filled with clothes for miles. Shawn said he was disciplining her for being “mouthy.”
Four people have been charged after the malnourished girl escaped from her home in rural Oswego County, north of Syracuse on Wednesday night. Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said, her discipline treatment includes beating with rightly rolled newspaper wrapped with electrical tape. It had been getting worse from April.
Sullivan said, “She just couldn’t take it anymore.”
The girl having non-life threatening wounds, she was hospitalized. According to Sullivan, the little girl was forced to work outside, she was told to clear brush without water, she was not allowed to use the bathroom and had no access to water. The bruised and malnourished girl was served an only single meal in a day with hot sauce.
Once, the girl was loaded with heavy backpacks on both the shoulders, one backpack on her back and an extra weight on her front that make it difficult to run on the dirt road, the girl child was followed by a car. The car was used to hit her when she went slow with backpacks.
Sullivan said, “When she physically couldn’t continue, they tied a rope around her waist, tied that same rope to the bumper of the car and began to pull her along.” He added, “When she would drop, they would continue to drive and she’d end up getting dragged.”
The 34-year-old mother of the girl has been also charged with endangering the welfare of 10-year-old girl while other three adults — Shawn Whaley, 23, Brandy Shaver, 18 and Gary Bubis, 37 have been charged with second-degree assault.