In a shocking case, signifying a complete inhumanness and apathy, an Indian-American woman Sheetal Ranot, 35 was found guilty of starving her 12-year-old step-daughter Maya Ranot for over a year.
Maya Ranot had been assaulted, kept undernourished and threatened, when she was about 12 years old. She was ill-treated, locked in her bedroom and starved without food or even water for prolonged periods of time.
The victim was lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen with the cut on the left wrist bone, when the medical personnel arrived at the family residence. She was required to be immediately admitted at a local hospital. The child underwent surgery as she was hit with a broken metal broom handle that cut her wrist down to the bone, causing bruising and pain. She was also struck in the face with a wooden rolling pin which caused a laceration, swelling and pain in her left cheek. Doctors observed several bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing throughout her body and she was very thin and underweight.
The Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said a jury weighed the evidence and the victim’s testimony in court, and found the accused guilty of first degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The accused lady faces the imprisonment up to 25 years. Rajesh Ranot, the victim's biological father, is also charged with second- and third-degree assault.