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Concord, NH (The Weekly Vice) - Christine Gelineau, 52, and Daniel Cantrell, 20, were jailed Wednesday after they allegedly beat, burned, and tortured Gelineau's teenage son over a period of several weeks.
According to police, an investigation was launched Tuesday after Gelineau's 18-year-old son arrived at Concord Hospital with numerous burns, abrasions and fractured bones.
Hospital staff worked to address the victim's injuries while he described to police the torturous ordeal he was forced to endure from his mother, Christine Gelineau, and a "family friend" from Sparta Tennessee who had moved in with the family.
Gelineau reportedly enlisted Cantrell's help in beating, burning and breaking her teenage son between March 10 and April 14 - with the worst of the abuse taking place between April 10-14.
Investigators say the pair repeatedly beat the teen's head with a stick and forced him to consume urine and feces. But that was just the beginning of the horrors to come.
The pair then tied the victim down to a bed and prepared him for burning torture.
Police say Cantrell then used a lighter to burn the teen's nipples while he screamed in pain. When Cantrell was finished, the teen's nipples were "completely burned off."
Gelineau allegedly stabbed her son repeatedly with a pen, kicked him in the face and told him that she would burn his penis if he didn't eat a handful of worms that had been offered to him. After the teen had consumed the worms, Gelineau proceeded to scorch the victim's penis with a lighter anyway, according to the arrest affidavit.
At some point during the ongoing assault, Cantrell reportedly twisted the victim's ankle until the bones in his leg became fractured.
The horrific abuse originally came to light when a 12-year-old girl went to the family's residence over the weekend to spend the night with her friend. During her stay, the girl witnessed some of the abuse and reported what she had seen to a parent. The parent contacted the Division of Children, Youth and Families, who then alerted police.
Following a series of police interviews with the victim, the suspects and various witnesses, Gelineau and Cantrell were taken into custody.
Another adult living at the residence, Gelineau's niece, is also under investigation for her possible role in abusing the teen. Gelineau's niece is pregnant with Cantrell's child, according to police interviews.
Police say the 12-year-old girl reported that all adults living in the home were involved with abusing the teen on some level.
Cantrell was booked into jail and charged with five counts of of second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, criminal restraint and tampering with witnesses and informants (all class B felonies). He remains held on $50,000 cash bail.
Gelineau was charged with simple assault, second-degree assault, criminal restraint and tampering with witnesses and informants. All charges are felonies except for the simple assault charge. She remains held on $25,000 cash bail.
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