CLEVELAND: A video showing an Ohio woman harshly spanking her young daughter has emerged in a federal case alleging the woman and the girl were held captive for two years.
A video provided Friday by the Ashland County prosecutor’s office shows the woman smacking the child repeatedly on the backside. Another video shows her hitting the child in the face and saying, “Shut up.”
The mentally disabled woman has claimed it was staged under duress, when she feared she or her daughter would be harmed.
Four people have been charged with enslaving the mother and her child, threatening her and beating her. One has pleaded not guilty. Representatives for two others have disputed the allegations. An attorney for the fourth has declined to comment.
The defendants are from Ashland, 60 miles southwest of Cleveland.
The prosecutor’s office has declined to comment.