Awful Details About The Man Who Forced 13-Year-Old Stepdaughter To Drink Detergent, Eat Cat Food And Write 'I Will Respect My Father' 1,000 Times

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Angela Strothers and Rimmon Lewis, indicted on abusing daughter, forced her to drink detergent
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This isn't the first time the mom and step-dad were arrested for abusing the girl.

A mother and step-father have been indicted on 20 counts of child abuse in what a prosecutor called “one of the most severe cases of child abuse” she has seen in a while.

Rimmon Lewis and his wife, Angela Strothers, were arrested in November for beating, starving, and neglecting their teenage daughter. She remains unnamed due to the fact she is a minor and has suffered tremendous abuse.

"It's amazing to me how this child survived as long as she did," prosecutor Tracie Cason said, citing that the abuse has gone on for years.

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Lewis has been charged with 15 counts of first-degree cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated stalking, said an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Strothers was charged with four counts of cruelty to children and one count of aggravated stalking.

Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas first believed Lewis was behind most of the abuse. The stepfather would force the young girl to stand on tin cans and write sentences, such as “I will respect my father,” 1,000 times.

“There were times she was only allowed to eat cat food, and there were times she wasn't allowed to eat at all until the defendant decided she could eat,” said Cason.

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The girl was beaten, locked in a room for such long periods of time that she urinated and defecated on herself, and forced to take baths with peroxide or lemon juice mixed into extremely hot or cold water. Lewis made her go to school in the clothes she had peed on.

They also forced her to eat cat food, beat her, and made her drink bleach on one occasion, according to the indictment.

The police were first called when the girl’s middle school guidance counselors became concerned for her well-being.

The couple was charged with one count of child abuse each but charges have been added since due to further investigations into the girl’s abuse.

The indictment says the step-father abused the girl "by telling the child to stop stuttering" and "pushing his thumbs into the mouth of (victim) with such force as to split the corners of her mouth and with such severity to leave scarring to both corners of her mouth." 

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Lewis is also accused of hitting his step-daughter with a belt and the leg of a table to the point of scarring. The indictment says she was punched in the head by Lewis on one occasion and kicked in the “vaginal area” on another.

According to Channel 2 Action News, the parents were first arrested in April and Lewis served 12 months in prison and 10 years’ probation and Strothers was released on bond. Lewis pleaded guilty and his charges were downgraded.

The new indictments were made against them in late November after authorities looked into the case further.

Lewis is currently serving five years in prison for violating probation after his arrest in April, said the AJC.

The victim and her siblings are in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Child Services as Lewis is in jail and Strothers is out on bond.

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