More than a month after a man was arrested and charged with abusing his teenage stepchildren, prosecutors have charged the man’s wife with allowing the abuse to happen, according to multiple reports.
Anne Ladd, 32, of North Andover, was arraigned on Tuesday for allegedly allowing the continued abuse to happen and was ordered not to have any contact with her children, reported The Salem News.
An Essex County Grand Jury indicted Ladd on June 18 with charges that include permitting assault and battery on a child that caused serious bodily injury and child endangerment.
Early last month, Justin Ladd, Anne’s 33-year-old husband, was arrested on dozens of criminal charges, including indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14, open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness.
A prosecutor said Justin Ladd — who is alleged to have hit his stepdaughters with a hammer, belts, and two-by-four pieces of wood in addition to pulling their tongues with pliers and threatening rape — holds extreme views regarding race, according to The Salem News.
Ladd is allegedly a white supremacist, and the words “white power” were written on the walls of the family’s High Street home, a prosecutor said in court yesterday.
With his wife’s knowledge, Ladd hit the girls, who are of Latino descent, and made them “dance around like monkeys,” Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said. He would call them racial slurs and tell them he was going to “beat the black out of them,” MacDougall said.
The children, 14 and 16, were previously under the supervision of the state beginning in August of last year, reported Fox 25. After alerting authorities in April about the alleged abuse, the girls were placed back in the custody of the state’s Department of Children and Families.
Justin Ladd is being held without bail, and Anne Ladd, who is due back in court next month, was being held on $1,000 bail.