If you ask us, there’s a special place in hell for parents who torture their disabled children.
Keeping that in mind, Lucifer’s currently holding a reservation for Betty Threatt, a young mother who admitted to pouring boiling hot water over her 9-year-old son, who happens to suffer from cerebral palsy.
Sadly, that’s not even the worst of it.
The child’s injuries were discovered by his father last June when he was dropped off for a visit at his Washington home. Not only was his son malnourished, but he was covered in bruises, burn marks and scraps of duct tape (from being tied up).
When Taurus Bulluck took his son to Children’s National Medical Center, doctors counted 60 injuries and found out the child had been locked in a bedroom for three months and tortured by his mother and her then-boyfriend.
Threatt later told police she punished the boy because she was “embarrassed” by her son’s disability and also blamed him for a miscarriage.
On Monday, the 27-year-old mother pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and armed child cruelty. She also sobbed through a disturbing recount of her own terrible childhood, which began when she was born to a mother who was addicted to crack.
Then, when she was the same age as her abused son, Threatt was sent to a psychiatric facility after she microwaved the family cat. She has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Threatt’s accused ex, Lester O. Jackson, refused to take a plea deal for the abuse and will go to trial in July.
The victim, now 10, spent more than a week in the hospital and has since received therapy to improve his walking ability and overall speech. He is currently in the care of his father.
Threatt will be sentenced in June.
Until then, her three other young children have been placed with foster care. No signs of abuse were found on them, but a neglect case has since been filed against Threatt.