A Massachusetts man is charged with abusing his stepdaughters in unthinkable ways for years. The man, 33-year-old Justin Ladd, is a white supremacist. His stepdaughters claim he abused them because he didn’t like their Hispanic heritage.
Ladd’s stepdaughters are now ages 14 and 16. Police documents allege that Ladd abused them for the last five years while he, the girls, and their mother lived together.
The girls told police Ladd would regularly beat their toes with hammers, grab their tongues with pliers, whip them with belts, and expose himself to them. They also claim he would make them dance like monkeys while yelling out things like “If you’re not white, you’re not right.”
On one occasion, Ladd relentlessly beat the 14-year-old girl after she cooked dinner for him and he didn’t like the way it tasted. He took the girl upstairs and bashed her head through a wall. “After that,” the police report says, “he threw her into the bathroom, causing her head to hit the bathtub. He then proceeded to hold her head underwater.”
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Ladd told the girls that he would get his motorcycle gang to beat and rape them if they ever told their mother about the abuse. The girls managed to report Ladd to a social worker on April 14. The girls’ mother is not believed to have taken part in the abuse, though police confirm she witnessed it on several occasions.
Ladd allegedly “puts on a show” for investigators when they come to his house. The Eagle Tribune reports he sits in a wheelchair and uses oxygen when talking to authorities and claims he has a respiratory disorder. A social worker has seen Ladd get out of the wheelchair and smoke a cigarette upon authorities leaving.
The girls are now in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Ladd, due in court on May 6, is charged with 21 criminal counts including indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness.