Indian-origin woman found guilty of starving step-daughter

New York: An Indian-origin woman in the US has been found guilty of brutally abusing and starving her 12-year-old step-daughter for more than a year and half and faces up to 25 years in prison.

Sheetal Ranot, 35, was found guilty of assault and endangering the welfare of a child for the brutal abuse of her stepdaughter Maya Ranot in 2014 when she was about 12 years old.

In one instance, the child was hit with a broken metal broom handle that cut her wrist down to the bone and required hospitalization and surgery.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said a jury weighed the evidence, which included the "once undernourished" victim's testimony in court, and found Ranot guilty of abusing the girl for more than a year and half.

"The pre-teen was locked in her bedroom by her step-mother without food or even water for extended periods of time. The victim was struck with a metal broom handle and a wooden rolling pin until she was bloody and still carries these scars and others on her body to this day. No child deserves to be treated in this manner," he said.

After a day of deliberations, a jury convicted Ranot of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child yesterday.


Yoshita Singh