Published November 18, 2008
A Worcester, Mass., woman has been charged with raping and beating her teenage niece in a shocking abuse case that police are calling a "Cinderella-type situation."
The victim, who is now 16, was allegedly beaten with thorny rose stems, assaulted with frozen hot dogs, slammed to the floor and kicked and punched in the eye numerous times starting in 2005 while living at her aunt's home, The Boston Herald reported, citing court documents.
The aunt, 35-year-old Mara Escobar was ordered held on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty at her arraignment Monday to multiple charges, including assault and battery on a child, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and rape of a child with force, The Herald reported.
Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said the 16-year-old girl was forced to do housework and live in a sparsely furnished room while Escobar's two daughters had TVs, DVD players, video games and toys in their rooms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.