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“Voltage” occurred when L.N. had to take his pants off and lie on the bed, and the defendant would
hit him 50 to 100 times as the codefendant counted. L.N. further testified that the codefendant would
punish L.N. by making him stand in a closet up to 24 hours. L.N. also testified that he would be
punished by having to stand by the dining room table while everyone else ate food.
Y.T., the defendant’s 16-year-old daughter, testified that the codefendant would use different
forms of punishment. “Voltage” occurred when the codefendant lashed her hands 50 to 100 times
with a leather belt. “24” occurred when she could not sleep and had to stand in the closet for hours.
Once she had to stand in a closet in a room for a three-day period, and the defendant was asleep in
the room. “Fasting” occurred when she could not have food, for up to seven consecutive days, while
the defendant ate food at the table.
C.W., the defendant’s 18-year-old son, testified that “voltage” occurred when the codefendant
hit his hands 25 to 100 times with a leather belt. “24” occurred when he had to stand in the closet
from the evening until the morning. “Fasting” occurred when he could not have food, for up to five
days, while the defendant ate food at the table.
Detective Nicholas Cikulin testified that the defendant told him that she observed the
codefendant physically discipline L.N., Y.T., and C.W., and observed the codefendant hit the
children's hands with a belt 15 to 30 times and hit L.N. on the buttocks 20 to 30 times. The defendant
also told the detective that the children were forced to stand in a corner or in a closet for 12 or more
hours, and that they were forced to fast for several days. Finally, the defendant told the detective that
she believed the codefendant’s discipline was wrong and she felt bad, but there was nothing she could
do because she had no where to go and no one to turn to.
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