Dion Stevens, 34, and Malisa Stevens, 41, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, are on the run from police after allegations they waterboarded a 12-year-old girl. The news doesn’t state what relation the Stevenses had to the girl, but obviously they had some kind of guardian role over the girl.
According to the victim…
The girl told police in an interview that she [was] dragged into a basement by Dion and Malisa Stevens, bound to a chair by packing tape, and had rags shoved into her mouth. Dion and Malisa Stevens then put a wet towel over the child’s face, tilted her backward so that her feet lifted off the ground and poured a bucket of cold water onto her, police said.
Thankfully a neighbor was clued into what was going on by the victim and notified authorities.
The Stevenses are even said to have admitted using waterboarding as a form of punishment and they had learned how to waterboard from a movie.
First off, what in the blue hell could this girl have possibly done to warrant such a tortuous punishment? Did she know the location of ISIS sleeper cell agents or something? Secondly, just because something is done in a movie doesn’t mean you have to do it. One of my favorite movies is Highlander, but you don’t see me going around with a sword cutting off the heads of other people in trench coats. People, and I use that term loosely, are the reason movies and video games get a bad rap.
While I’m trying to be less ‘pitchfork and torchy’ these days, I wouldn’t be too upset if the Stevens’ disappearance was the result of being black-bagged and being sent to Gitmo.
However, if any good can be taken from this story it is that the neighbor was able to reach out to authorities to get help for the victim. Again, if you see something, say something. It’s better to call and be wrong than not call and allow a child to be abused.
In Pennsylvania, you can report child abuse at 1-800-932-0313.
UPDATE 12/18/2017: Through their attorney in court, the Stevenses said they want their daughter back. The daughter is the victim in this story. Good luck with that.