Five adults in Pennsylvania have been accused of abusing five children by shooting them with BB guns and forcing them to watch the adults have sex, among other heinous accusations.
In court documents the abuse ranged from “being punched, slapped, thrown over a bannister" to being "shot repeatedly with BB guns all over their bodies, some shots leaving marks, scars and causing at least two of the children to bleed.”
Darby residents Shakia Jackson, 31; Daryl Carter, 24; Mark Isom, 22; Danielle Hammond, 22, and William Wade, 23, all face charges including endangering the welfare of children, assault, forced sexual intercourse with a minor and corruption of minors,
Carter and Jackson were both arrested last month following an initial investigation by the Children and Youth Services of Delaware County. On Nov. 7, Wade was arrested.
The two accused women are the mothers of the five children, who range in ages from 1 to 10 years old. Jackson is the mother of four of the children, while Hammond is the mother of the 1-year-old victim.
According to police records, Wade and Carter are accused of holding Hammond down and forcing Jackson's 2-year-old child's penis in her mouth.
When investigators asked the adults why they shot the children with BB guns, Jackson allegedly told them: "She and the other adults were only playing and the children wanted to be shot." One of the children told detectives that it "really hurt."
The children were also forced to watch the adults engage in sex acts, police allege.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says this is an "outrageous situation."
“When you read the affidavits, you just start shaking your head," Whelan said. "You have to ask yourself, ‘How could this happen?' It’s hard to believe what kind of world these children lived in.”
Hammond, who is not pictured, was released on a $10,000 unsecured bail. The other suspects' bails range from $100,000 to $250,000.
A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 10.
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