DELAWARE DELIVERY – Four children became victims of physical torture and sexual abuse at the hands of a 19-year-old woman, who is now in police custody, according to the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
Anais Munoz, 19, of Chester, is charged with child endangerment, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related offences.
She is accused of torturing and sexually abusing four children, aged between 7 and 13, after they began living with their family in a Chester house in 2020.
On 5 January 2023, the children told police that Munoz had used several items, including a lighter, hammock, flashlight, ropes, hangers, computers, blades, knives and a hair straightener, to physically abuse them over the last few years. two years.
“This is a truly horrific case involving the physical and mental torture of young victims. Using a wide range of implements, the defendant sought to inflict physical pain on these children, either by choking them with ropes, beating them with a mallet or ‘branding’ them with an iron,” said District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
While most of the physical abuse was inflicted on the two older victims, according to officials, the younger victims witnessed the alleged acts.
“Using these instruments of torture, the defendant sought to control his young victims, both to prevent them from revealing his heinous conduct and to obtain their cooperation in providing her with sexual pleasure,” Stollsteimer said.
Officials say the two older victims were also sexually abused and all of the children were used to help Munoz buy drugs on the streets of Chester.
“The defendant threatened the victims with further torture if they told their mother about the abuse,” the district attorney said. “Consequently, the children lied to their mother about the source of any injuries she might have observed. The cases of sexual abuse allegedly occurred late at night when the parents of the victims were asleep.”