For torturing a girl who was in her care, 37 year old Duewa Abeana Lee will spend the rest of her life in jail on an indeterminate life sentence. She was also given nine years and four months for other crimes related to the child's abuse. Lee was arrested on Sept. 30, 2011 when she and the girl were at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. According to a Sept. 20 Sacramento Bee article, Lee left the girl alone for a few minutes and the girl asked a woman for help.
Lee was engaged to the girl's father. When he went to prison, he left the child in Lee's care. What Lee did over the next two or three-months was called one of the worst cases of child abuse that law enforcement had dealt with. Lee burned the girl with an iron, beat her with electrical cords, use a stapler in her ear, threw her down stairs and kicked her in the stomach, nearly killing the girl.
According to a Sept. 20 ABC News article, the girl, who was twelve at the time of the abuse, also said that Lee withheld food, forced the girl to stand for hours with her arms and one leg raised and bashed her head into a window.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Chun said, “There are no words, really, that can describe how far from human conduct Ms. Lee departed,” She also spoke of “horrific, unspeakable abuse” and “relentless cruelty” toward the child.
Lee is a real piece of work. She attempted to blame the girl's father for the abuse. She had two of her own daughters testify she did not beat the girl. She was called out for this by Deputy District Attorney Nancy Cochrane, who said, “Ms. Lee and her family tried to manipulate this jury and this court into believing their lies. The manipulation and the coaching of these minor children to lie in this courtroom under oath, to do nothing more than to protect the person who Ms. Lee was and the conduct that she inflicted on an innocent child – what will those children grow up to be?”
After the jury found her guilty, Lee continued in her denial and asked the judge for leniency. She said, “Please, your honor, do not send me away for a long time." With no remorse or concern for others, she said "I have been without my freedom and my family and my kids for almost two years. This seems like almost an eternity and I cannot bear it for another second.”
The girl is now 14 years old and says she is doing fine in school. During the trial she told Lee, "The things that you did to me made me afraid of almost everything.”