One of the suspects arrested for the shackled California teen spoke exclusively to ABC7. Kelly Lau talked about the situation that has landed her in jail and she lays all the blame at the feet of Carmen Ramirez.
She claims that they met Ramirez through a mutual friend and offered her and the boy a temporary place to leave but they never left. She said that Ramirez told her to ‘discipline’ the boy like she did. Lau even admitted to hitting the boy with an aluminum bat and that she witnessed her husband, Michael Schumacher, doing it to but he allegedly did it less frequently than Lau. Lau said Ramirez would heat up the bat in the fireplace and use it to burn the boy.
Lau said she knew the abuse of the boy was wrong ‘in the back of her head’ but was afraid of Ramirez. So if you’re afraid of someone else in your own house who just happens to be torturing a teenager why don’t you call the police?
Anyway, Lau said that the boy only got to shower once a week if he was lucky and he was basically hosed down in the backyard like a dog.
Lau said she was glad thew boy escaped and the reporter, Alan Wang, said that Lau isn’t really grasping the situation and she kept asking when she could go home and see her children. I get the feeling that mentally Lau isn’t all there which could possibly explain her actions, as wrong as they were.
Also it was believed that Ramirez was the boy’s aunt but it turns out she’s just a friend of the family that he called Aunt.