PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Pennsylvania woman is facing a slew of charges after a handicapped woman was found by police, tied to a urine-soaked bed in the basement of her Philadelphia home, suffering from sores, multiple wounds, and living in “unsuitable conditions,” according to an arrest report.
As if living in Philadelphia wasn’t bad enough.
Regina Bennett, 46, was arrested and charged with kidnapping, assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and other offences on Sunday after getting into a scrap with a neighbor.
Officers were called to a home on Linton Street to break up a fight between Bennett and a neighbor, identified as Liza Figueroa. While they were there, they were informed that a child may have been in the house. Though police found no signs of children living in the home, they did find the 36-year-old victim, bound to a bed. She was described as “extremely thin,” in the police report, and “appeared to be special needs and has a limited vocabulary.”
Figueroa told NBC-affiliate WCAU, “I would of never imagined that the police officers yesterday, resulting from the altercation that I had with her, [would discover] that she had someone tied up in her basement.”
The unidentified victim was taken to Einstein Hospital for evaluation. Sources said she had injuries all over her body. The woman’s relationship to Bennet was being investigated, but family members told WTXF that Bennett was the disabled woman’s caregiver-and cousin. Not exactly going out on a limb here, but my guess is cops’ll find out she was getting money from the state to look out for ‘cuz.
“We went in there looking for a child, and then this is what we found,” said police officer Tanya Little.
Bennett was initially arrested for physically assaulting Figueroa and threatening her., The additional charges of kidnapping for ransom, simple and aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and neglect of a care-dependent person came after police entered her home after neighbors said there was someone else inside the house, possibly a child, who might have been left behind unattended.
Instead, what they found was the malnourished victim, who was strapped to the filthy bed by her arms and legs with cloth restraints. She was reportedly naked except for a diaper. Police and medics are looking into the possibility the woman may have been sexually abused, Little said.
It was unknown Sunday whether or not Bennett had an attorney. She’s being held at Philadelphia Police Headquarters, although it’s unlikely she’s been left in a cell strapped to a piss-bloated mattress and wearing a diaper. Too bad.Tags: Assault, Crime, false imprisonment, Kidnapping, neglect, Pennsylvania, Regina Bennett, special needs