Women Drug, Starve Boy
In interviews with investigators, each woman blamed the other
for leading the abuse, according the sheriff's office documents.
Suzette Stevenson, right, said that Jamie Lynn Martin didn't like
the boy because of his mixed race. Martin, left, countered in her
interview that Stevenson would keep the boy out of school
because she feared his teachers would notice injuries he
sustained due to their abuse.
Domestic partners Suzette Stevenson, 45, and Jamie Lynn Martin, 26, have been charged with aggravated child abuse after a 7-year-old boy illegally in their care escaped from the two women after they allegedly drugged him and left him in a car as they shopped for a Florida timeshare.
The boy, who is not a biological child to either woman, was allegedly tied by his wrists and made to stand in an upright position for hours at a time, forced to drink shampoo, was burned with cigarettes and had to urinate and defecate in a closet, according the Baker County Sheriff's Office documents.
The boy was born in 2000 in California. After his mother became involved in drugs, he was taken away from the mother and given to his father, Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson told ABC News. The father, who allegedly did not want to care for the child, gave him to an aunt, who was in a relationship with Stevenson. Dobson said that Stevenson then purchased an illegal birth certificate for the boy after his aunt, her domestic partner, died. "It's not legally sound at all in any way shape or form," he said. Stevenson then came to Baker County, Fla., in September 2005 to meet Martin, whom she had developed a relationship with over the Internet, Dobson said.