A Concord, New Hampshire, woman has been charged with torturing her 18-year-old son, burning and beating him over the course of at least several weeks. A second individual, a 20-year-old man from Tennessee, has also been charged with participating in the abuse by strangling the man,
breaking his ankle and forcing him to eat feces.
Christine Gelineau, 52, was arraigned this morning at Concord’s district court along with Daniel Tyler Cantrell of Sparta, Tenn. Both were held on $200,000 cash bail. Cantrell was arrested at about 7 p.m. yesterday and Gelineau was taken into custody a few hours later, according to the police.
“This is among or one of the most disturbing things we’ve ever seen,” Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said. “The victim is, we don’t believe his injuries are life-threatening, but they are extremely disturbing, and there are serious injuries.”
O’Malley said the police believe the abuse took place at Gelineau’s Modena Drive home. Most of the charges accuse the pair of abusing the man from April 10 to 14, but Cantrell is also charged with grabbing the man’s ankle and twisting it until it broke sometime since March 10.
Prosecutor Tracy Connolly said in court that officials at the Division of Children, Youth and Families were first contacted by a 12-year-old girl who witnessed much of the abuse while staying at the home for a weekend with her friend. That friend is the daughter of Gelineau’s niece, who also lives in the home, according to Connolly.
DCYF contacted the Concord police on Monday, according to an affidavit in the case. The police say detectives initially interviewed Gelineau’s son and Cantrell together, at which time the 18-year-old man claimed his injuries were self-inflicted. Both Gelineau and Cantrell have been charged with coercing the man to lie to the police.
The most unsettling injuries described in court documents pertain to the man’s burns.
According to the affidavit, Gelineau burned her son’s penis and Cantrell burned the man’s nipples, holding a lighter to them for about two minutes as he screamed in pain. Throughout that incident, Gelineau beat her son over the head with a stick, according to the affidavit.
A detective reviewing the man’s injuries noted that his nipples were “completely burned off,” according to the affidavit. Doctors at Concord Hospital, where Connolly said the man was taken yesterday and is still being treated, said he suffered second- and third-degree burns.
Gelineau is also accused of stabbing her son with a pen and kicking him in the face. The police say on several occasions Cantrell pulled a piece of fabric around the man’s throat so tightly that he couldn’t breathe. He’s also accused of confining the man in a bedroom and tying his hands behind
his back so Gelineau could burn his penis with a lighter.
Another charge accuses Cantrell of holding a lighted cigarette against the back of the man’s neck.
Both Gelineau and Cantrell withheld food from the man, and Cantrell forced him to drink urine, according to the affidavit. And while the 12-year-old girl was at the home for the weekend, she took a picture on her cell phone of Gelineau’s son sitting at a table being forced to eat what she
said were worms, Connolly said.
“He was also told that if he did not eat some worms that were provided to him that they were going to burn his penis. He did in fact eat the worms,” Connolly said.
They burned him anyway, she said.
Connolly said many of the charges stem from the girl’s description of what she saw but also Cantrell’s and Gelineau’s own admissions of how they tortured the man.
“In speaking with the police yesterday, (Cantrell) gave,recited what he did to the victim with very little emotion, which causes the state ... to have a heightened concern for safety of the public.”
Cantrell and Gelineau were both arraigned today by video feeds from the county jail. The mother didn’t argue for a lower bail. Cantrell spoke only to tell Judge Gerard Boyle that he wanted to be transferred to Tennessee because he has no family in New Hampshire.
“I have no way of doing anything. I really don’t know what to do, honestly. I’m not saying what I’ve done was right. It was wrong but -,” he said before Boyle cut him off, saying he didn’t want to hear anything about the case.
The judge told Cantrell that he would be appointed a lawyer and could discuss his legal questions then.
Cantrell is facing eight Class B felonies and two Class A misdemeanors. Gelineau has been charged with three Class B felonies and two Class A misdemeanors. They’ve both been scheduled for probable cause hearings, where a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for the case to be
forwarded to a Merrimack County grand jury, on April 29.--------------------------Second relative charged with torturing teenager
The teenager who officials said was burned and beaten by his mother and an acquaintance was also tortured by his cousin, according to the police, who said they are still uncovering disturbing layers to the abuse inside the family’s Penacook home.
Amy Nason was charged yesterday and accused of pressuring the 18-year-old man to ingest urine, feces, worms and dish soap. She refused bail and will be arraigned Monday at Concord’s district court.
Her aunt, 52-year-old Christine Gelineau, as well as 20-year-old Daniel Cantrell of Sparta, Tenn., were each charged with a string of assault-related felonies on Wednesday.
All three have been charged with pressuring the teenager to tell detectives his bruises and broken bones were self-inflicted.
The police said he maintained that lie – out of fear – until only recently.
Nason, who turned 29 yesterday, has been convicted of cruelty before. Court documents show she left several animals to live in squalor at a Lee apartment she had been evicted from.
The Concord police began investigating the conditions at the family’s Island Shore Estates townhouse Monday after being contacted by the Division for Children, Youth and Families, according to Lt. Timothy O’Malley. DCYF was notified by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who had spent a weekend at the home with her friend, Nason’s daughter, O’Malley said.
The charges span a nearly six-week period from March 10 to Wednesday.
A city prosecutor at Cantrell and Gelineau’s arraignment Thursday said some of the charges stem from the 12-year-old girl’s report. But the mother and Cantrell also admitted to much of the abuse, according to the prosecutor, who said the man recounted his actions with “very little emotion.”
According to the affidavit, Gelineau burned her son’s penis and Cantrell burned his nipples, holding a lighter to them for about two minutes as he screamed in pain. Throughout that incident, Gelineau beat her son over the head with a stick, the police said.
A detective reviewing the man’s injuries noted that his nipples were “completely burned off,” according to the affidavit. Doctors at Concord Hospital, where O’Malley said the man was taken Wednesday and was still being treated yesterday, said he suffered second- and third-degree burns.
Gelineau is also accused of stabbing her son with a pen and kicking him in the face. The police said on several occasions Cantrell pulled a piece of fabric around the man’s throat so tightly that he couldn’t breathe. He’s also accused of confining the man in a bedroom and tying his hands behind his back so Gelineau could burn his genitals with a lighter.
Other charges accuse Cantrell of holding a lit cigarette against the back of the man’s neck and twisting his ankle until it broke.
The police said there is no apparent motivation.
“Right now the best thing we can come up with is abject cruelty,” O’Malley said.
Nason, who Cantrell said in court is pregnant with his child, was charged with animal cruelty in August 2011 after her landlord reported that she had been evicted and left her pets behind.
Police officers found 11 animals there, including a dead turtle and a dead cat, which was outside and decomposing, according to court documents. Several animals were outside the home without food or water when officers arrived, including a cat that had given birth to two kittens that were inside, where the mother could not reach.
The apartment was filthy, according to the officers, who had difficulty walking through it because of the amount of feces and urine on the floors. A small amount of dog food had been left in bowls, and an open container of bird food for the parakeets was in a bedroom, but the officers found no water available to the animals, according to the affidavit.
Most of the animals were found to be neglected, including three dogs that were infested with fleas and Lyme disease. The two kittens were found behind a pile of debris on a kitchen counter where they had no blanket or bed, according to the affidavit.
Nason claimed to be an animal lover and denied the allegations, according to media reports.
But in February she pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty and was ordered to pay about $2,700 in restitution.
In the Concord case, she’s facing two Class B felonies, one for reckless conduct and one for tampering with a witness. O’Malley said the reckless conduct charge is a felony-level offense because the police are considering the feces she’s accused of pressuring the man to eat to be a deadly weapon, as it could have made him
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