A 14-year-old girl whose body was found buried in her family’s back garden was kept naked in a cage and starved, a court heard.
Mary Crocker was left hunched and contorted from spending so much time confined in horrific conditions – and was beaten for not carrying out housework, it is alleged.
Mary Crocker’s body was found buried in her back garden in December[/caption]
Elwyn Crocker Sr is charged along with four other relatives of child cruelty and the murder of his own daughter[/caption]
The tragic girl was also fed foul-smelling food by her evil family as punishment, according to prosecutors in Effingham County, Georgia.
Mary was treated as a slave by her cruel relatives who carried out a sickening campaign of abuse before she died in agony in October, authorities say.
Her body was later found buried behind her family’s trailer near Savannah, Georgia, on December 20 last year.
Police also discovered the body of her brother Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr – who was two years older than Mary.
Both children had been home-schooled and neither had been reported missing, according to AJC.com.
Now, five members of the Crocker family have been charged with Mary’s murder.
Mary’s father Elwyn Crocker Sr, his wife, brother-in-law, mother-in-law and mother-in-law’s boyfriend have all also been charged with child cruelty.
Harrowing details of their alleged abuse were yesterday read out in court.
Investigator Abby Brown told the preliminary hearing that Mary would be forced to live in the tiny pen for up to 24 hours a day.
The girl would be bound with zip ties and brutally beaten, the court heard.
She also severely lost weight and her joints were left badly swollen because of her painful contorted position.
The girl would only be washed when a relative would drag her cage into the bathroom and spray her with water, it is alleged.
‘KEPT NAKED AND FED SPIKED FOOD’
A photo of Mary naked and trapped in the cage was found on her dad’s phone, cops say.
The court was told that the abused girl’s food was often doused with powerful ingredients like rice vinegar so she could not hold it down.
These sickening punishments were doled out at whim for not doing chores, misbehaving – or desperately stealing food, it is claimed.
Crocker Sr and the children’s step-uncle Tony Wright appeared in court on Tuesday where they were denied bail.
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Candice Crocker, 33, her mother, Kim Wright, 50, and Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Anthony Prater, 55, also face murder and child cruelty charges.
Authorities said the other dead child, JR, was also abused and charges could be filed once medical experts finish examining his body.
Mary is thought to have died on October 28, while JR is said to have died up to two years earlier.
Elwyn ‘JR’ Crocker’s body was also found buried in the garden at the family’s trailer[/caption]
Candice Crocker, the girl’s stepmother, allegedly doled out sickening abuse[/caption]
Kim Wright has been arrested and charged over the child’s death[/caption]
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