Mother jailed for up to 30 years for burning her 19-year-old son’s penis and nipples off with a lighter

NO COMMENT. SERIOUSLY.

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  • Christine  Gelineau from Concord, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to first-degree  assault
  • She left  her teenage son with permanent nerve damage on his penis
  • Her son  said: ‘What you did was unforgivable. You wanted me  dead’

By  Ted Thornhill

 

A mother has been jailed for up to 30 years  for burning her son’s penis and nipples off with a lighter.

The 19-year-old was repeatedly tortured and  then coerced to lie that his wounds were self-inflicted.

He had three alleged abusers, including his  own mother.

At her plea and sentencing hearing in  Merrimack County Superior Court, in New Hampshire, US, he described in detail  how she brutally abused him in the family’s Penacook home.

Jailed: Christine Gelineau, 53, who pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and witness tamperingJailed: Christine Gelineau, 53, who pleaded guilty to  first-degree assault and witness tampering for a gruesome attack on her  son

‘Dear ex-Mother,’ he began, reading from a  statement as the woman, Christine Gelineau, sat sobbing nearby in an orange  prison jumpsuit. ‘What you did to me is unforgivable. You beat me, starved me,  almost chopped my penis off, threw my clothes away, wouldn’t let me bathe. You  almost killed me by having me take three (antidepressants) and two  muscle-relaxers.

‘Now that I know you’re a complete criminal  and only wanted me dead so you could go back to your old life. You won’t be able  to attend my graduation or see me go on to college, so I wish you goodbye. I  hope you realize you have lost everything you had.’

Gelineau, 53, pleaded guilty to first-degree  assault and witness tampering. As part of a plea bargain, she was sentenced to  nine to 30 years in state prison – a stiffer punishment than she would have  normally faced because of a state statute prohibiting exceptional cruelty in  assault cases, the local paper reports.

Assistant county prosecutor George Waldron  said the man suffered permanent nerve damage in his penis when Gelineau burned  it with a lighter, sometime between April 10 and 14.

‘What she did alone was one of the most  horrible things I’ve seen,’ Waldron said after the hearing.

According to an affidavit in the case,  Gelineau had admitted to detectives that she burned the tip of her son’s penis,  but she said she did so only after he threatened to have sex with her. In  response, she said she put gloves on because she thought her son was ‘dirty,’  grabbed and twisted his penis and then held a lighter to it for several seconds,  as he screamed in pain.

Another suspect, however, told detectives  that Gelineau burned the penis after first pressuring her son to eat human  faeces. Gelineau threatened to burn his genitals if he refused, the suspect,  Daniel ‘Tyler’ Cantrell, told detectives. When the man complied, Gelineau burned  it anyway, he said, according to the affidavit.

Suspect: Daniel ¿Tyler¿ Cantrell is scheduled to stand trial next month on multiple felony charges in the caseSuspect: Daniel Tyler Cantrell is scheduled to stand  trial next month on multiple felony charges in the case

Cantrell, who is 20 and scheduled to stand  trial next month on multiple felony charges in the case, admitted to detectives  that he helped Gelineau carry out the abuse, kicking the victim into a bedroom,  tying him down and walking away as Gelineau pulled his pants down, the affidavit  states.

Officials at Concord Hospital later  determined that the man, who was 18 at the time, suffered second- and  third-degree burns from the incident.

Gelineau also allegedly kneed her son in his  face and struck him repeatedly in the stomach with a pen, but those charges were  dropped as part of the plea bargain.

Though it’s unclear what prompted the abuse,  prosecutors said they believe it had something to do with the victim, who is  mentally challenged, no longer receiving financial assistance from the  government because he wasn’t enrolled in school at the time.

When asked by Judge Richard McNamara for a  more definitive motive, Waldron seemed at a loss. ‘Punishment,’  he said, shrugging his shoulders.

 ‘He [the son] has a lot to deal with  and it’s going to be a long recovery period’ – County  Attorney Scott Murray

Cantrell is accused of a litany of other  related abuses dating back to March, which include strangling the victim with a  scarf, punching him in the face, burning off his nipples with a lighter,  pressing a lit cigarette onto the back of his head and twisting his ankle until  it cracked.

The victim’s 29-year-old cousin, Amy Nason,  also allegedly pressured him to ingest urine, worms and dish soap. She is  scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in two weeks.

The police first learned of the incidents in  April from the state Division for Children, Youth and Families, which had been  contacted by the parents of a 12-year-old girl who said she witnessed abuse  while visiting Nason’s daughter at the home.

Detectives initially interviewed the victim  and Cantrell together, at which time the victim claimed his wounds were  self-inflicted. In a subsequent interview, though, the victim contradicted parts  of his earlier account and said that all three defendants had carried out the  abuse. Cantrell and Nason have also been charged with witness  tampering.

Statement: At Merrimack Superior Court (pictured) the son said what happened to him was unforgivableStatement: At Merrimack Superior Court (pictured) the  son said what happened to him was unforgivable

Neighbors said the family moved to Concord  from Massachusetts a few months before the abuse occurred. They met Cantrell in  Tennessee during a road trip, Cantrell’s mother has said.

The victim is now living with an aunt and  uncle in a, and is back in school.

‘He’s doing very well,’ County Attorney Scott  Murray said after the hearing. ‘But obviously he has a lot to deal with, and  it’s going to be a long recovery period.’

He remained composed as he read his  handwritten statement in court, never looking at his mother as he ticked through  a list of gruesome abuses. When he finished, he returned to his seat and buried  his head in a relative’s arms, the sound of his mother’s sobs echoing in the background. After a few seconds,  he began crying himself.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

2 thoughts on “Mother jailed for up to 30 years for burning her 19-year-old son’s penis and nipples off with a lighter

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