A Utah father and stepmom face felony charges after allegedly using waterboarding to torture their 9-year-old daughter, according to police.
Joseph Mitchell, 29, and Ilaria Mitchell, 28, were arrested Thursday on allegations they abused the little girl at their Provo home on three different occasions, news station KSTU reported.
Police were notified Dec. 3 after the child went to the emergency room last month and appeared to have marks on her wrist.
Detectives visited the family’s home to interview the girl, who told police the couple punished her in a bathtub by running water over her face while her hands were tied behind her back.
“The 9-year-old stated that she cannot breathe and it hurts when this happens,” police said in a report.
The daughter claimed her stepmother also punched her in the face and made her nose bleed, the Daily Herald reported.
Both Mitchells were booked at Utah County Jail on one count of child abuse each.
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