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Milwaukee County jury reaches mixed verdict in Cudahy child abuse case

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- After six days of testimony from dozens of witnesses, a Milwaukee County jury found a father and stepmother guilty Wednesday, July 31 on several charges in connection with an alleged child torture case in Cudahy.

Kevin Boon-Bey, Felicia Boon

Kevin Boon-Bey charges:

  • Physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing bodily harm, as party to a crime - NOT GUILTY
  • Causing mental harm to a child, as party to a crime - GUILTY
  • Chronic neglect of a child, consequence is bodily harm, as party to a crime -- two counts - NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY
  • Chronic neglect of a child, consequence is emotional damage, as party to a crime - GUILTY
  • False imprisonment, as party to a crime - GUILTY

Felicia Boon charges:

  • Physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing bodily harm, as party to a crime - GUILTY
  • Causing mental harm to a child, as party to a crime - GUILTY
  • Chronic neglect of a child, consequence is bodily harm, as party to a crime -- two counts - NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY
  • Chronic neglect of a child, consequence is emotional damage as party to a crime - GUILTY
  • False imprisonment, as party to a crime - GUILTY 

"It was a long trial, it was an emotional trial," said Judge Michael Hanrahan.

Matthew Torbenson

The couple is accused of locking their 15-year-old daughter in her bedroom with zip ties for four months in 2018, and without access to a bathroom.

Prosecutor Matthew Torbenson says the most compelling evidence was the victim's own testimony. She told the jury her stepmother also instructed the other children in the house to beat and burn her as discipline. The victim testified her father was aware of what was going on and did nothing to stop it.

"It means that her voice was heard," Torbenson said. "It means that they took the time to listen to all of the evidence and examine the evidence and find that that evidence corroborated the victim."

Kevin Boon-Bey and Felicia Boon

The defendants denied ever knowing about or condoning the physical violence, and testified that the victim was making up the neglect allegations because she's mentally ill.

"Just like who Cinderella was, who suffered at the hands of her parents and wicked siblings," said Boon-Bey. "I said, 'At this point, we have to get you some help'."

While out on bond throughout the trial, the judge ordered the defendants remained in custody as they await sentencing.

Felicia Boon

Kevin Boon-Bey

"These are very serious charges. They don't enjoy the presumption any longer. The exposure is significant," said Torbenson.

Sentencing for Boon and Boon-Bey is scheduled for Sept. 27.

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