The mother of a 6 year old girl and her boyfriend have been charged with various forms of severe child abuse against the young child. The couple, Jeff Loshaw, 31 and the mother, Kimberly Dickermann, 29, have been accused by Bedford county police of various forms of torture against the 6 year old. Alleged routine punishments consisted of forcing the youngster to stand on one foot, on top of a cooler while holding heavy bags of canned groceries. This action caused the girl to fall repeatedly and suffer various injuries, according to the Philly.com via The Associated Press.
The AP goes onto report that the boyfriend, Loshaw, would frequently drag the girl around by her hair and hot sauce her until she threw up. The abused girl has an 8 year old sister who told police that her mother’s boyfriend would frequently lock her 6 year old sister up in the attic after telling her that there were ghosts in there.
The incident was brought to the authorities attention when someone who visited the home of the alleged abuse took the girl to the hospital after witnessing the 6 year old shaking in bed, lying in pain and using a bag of frozen vegetables to tend to her injuries. Medical staff also noticed severe rug burns on the child’s back, thought to have occurred when the boyfriend would drag the child around by her hair. Both children are now in custody of the state and have been subsequently placed into foster homes.