OZONE PARK (PIX11) — A Queens couple is accused of inflicting a terrifying year-and-a-half worth of horrors on their 12-year-old daughter, starving the child and beating her so viciously that she needed surgery, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday.
The horrific ordeal of Maya Ranot, who had withered to a skeletal 58 pounds, only ended when the child “found the courage to speak up” about her relentless abuse, which included baseball-bat, rolling pin and metal-broom beatings as well as torturous cold showers, DA Richard Brown said.
Brown said Maya’s nightmare finally ended when she went to authorities with the allegations. The child held off on reporting the alleged abuse for fear that her step-siblings would wind up in foster care, Brown said.
Officials say her father, Rajesh Ranot, 46, and stepmother, Sheetal Ranot, 31, face a litany of assault and child endangerment charges for the alleged abuse between December 2012 and July 2014.
“The criminal charges allege that this young victim was subjected to years of unspeakable physical abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother,” Brown said.
The stepmom allegedly hit Maya on her body and face and locked her inside her bathroom. Additionally, the DA alleges, she deprived the girl of food and water for long periods and cut the girl’s wrist in a steel-broom beating that landed her in the hospital. She was found in a pool of blood, Brown said, and her tendons were cut to the bone.
Brown says Maya also suffered brutally under her father, who uses his hands, feet and a baseball bat to beat Maya.
In all, the girl was hospitalized twice during her long ordeal, and was treated for injuries which included bruising, swelling and eye pain.
Sheetal Ranot faces charges of first and second degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set $10,000 and $50,000 for each of those charges, respectively. She faces seven years if convicted on the first case, and up to 25 years on the second. She remains locked up in lieu of $60,000 bail.
Rajesh Ranot was charged with second and third degree assault, first degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. Ranot faces up to seven years in jail if convicted. He remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.