A gay couple have been arrested and charged for forcing their three children to eat dog feces as punishment.
Amanda Wright, 29, and Besline Joseph, 25, are accused of repeatedly beating the children aged 8,9, and 10.
The children were reportedly beaten with extension cords, belts, sticks and other objects, and they had bloody noses, bruises, and cuts as a result of these beatings.
Police believe that the innocent children were also locked in closets and a basement, and fed only bread, water and oatmeal.
Amanda and Besline are also accused of forcing the children to eat dog feces and threatened to kill them if they told anyone about what was happening.
Both women were each charged with three counts each of first-degree child abuse, second-degree child abuse, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a minor, stalking, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, false imprisonment, and one count each of causing ingestion of a bodily fluid, preventing/interfering with report of suspected child abuse or neglect, and conspiracy to commit first-degree child abuse.
The two women were arrested at their Wicomico County home Wednesday after an investigation by Maryland State Police.