Louisiana family enslaved and abused autistic woman, forced her to eat her mother’s ashes

Louisiana family enslaved and abused autistic woman, forced her to eat her mother’s ashes
The victim was forced to live in a cage. (Image: Times-Picayune video screen grab)

[Ed. – The level of depravity is hard to grasp.]

Five members of an Amite [La.] family were accused in federal court Thursday (July 26) of kidnapping and holding a 22-year-old autistic relative captive for roughly 10 months, padlocked in a shed and then in a makeshift backyard cage, and subjecting her to a range of humiliations and abuse that included shooting her with a BB gun, covering her with the contents of the family’s septic tank and forcing her to eat her recently deceased mother’s cremated remains from a cereal bowl.

The family, often at the direction of 42-year-old matriarch Raylaine Knope, also withheld the victim’s Social Security benefits and forced her to perform house work and yard work with no compensation and, often, in a demeaning manner. They also ordered her to make sexual advances to several men in a sex-trafficking scheme, the indictment alleges.

The family, often at the direction of 42-year-old matriarch Raylaine Knope, also withheld the victim’s Social Security benefits and forced her to perform house work and yard work with no compensation and, often, in a demeaning manner. They also ordered her to make sexual advances to several men in a sex-trafficking scheme, the indictment alleges.

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