Queens Couple Accused Of Kidnapping/Torturing Disabled Woman; Kept Paralyzed Victim Against Her Will For Over A Year

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Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown says Mae Washington and Patrick Donovan kidnapped and tortured a 58-year-old paralyzed woman.
A Queens couple is charged with kidnapping and torturing a 58-year-old disabled woman they kept against her will for more than a year -- all while beating her, starving her, and stealing her social security checks.

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown says the couple, Patrick Donovan, 42, and Mae Washington, 63, were former neighbors of the partially paralyzed victim, and convinced her to leave an assisted living facility where she'd been living to come and stay in an apartment the couple owned -- they claimed it would help her "save money."

Well, the victim didn't save a dime -- authorities say the suspects took control of the victim's finances and stole her money.

Brown says the victim has been staying at the couple's apartment since January 1, 2011. She was only discovered when her niece called 9-1-1 on Thursday, saying she was concerned with the welfare of her aunt. When police went to the apartment, at 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, officers found the victim locked in an empty room that could only be opened from the outside, lying huddled on the floor, bleeding from the head and malnourished. Inside of the locked room, there was no mattress or bed and there were only sheets of fabric covering the windows.

Washington and Donovan told the cops that the head wound was the result of the victim "falling off the toilet" the night before. A visit to a hospital showed the toilet story was probably BS -- and that the head wound was just the tip of the iceberg.

Doctors discovered that in addition to the head wound, the victim was undernourished, and had a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm, broken ribs, internal bleeding in her skull and several lacerations and bruises to her arms and legs - "injuries that were inconsistent with those that would have been suffered from a fall from a toilet but which were more consistent with injuries inflicted by a beating."

After her examination with medical staff, the victim told police that the couple beat her repeatedly with their fists and a cane. She told police the two suspects would often lock her in the room and not let her leave. On several occasions, the victim told police, Washington and Donovan would bind her hands and feet and put tape over her mouth.

Additionally, the victim told police the couple prepared all of her meals, but didn't feed her enough, which caused her to become malnourished.

As if the torture wasn't enough, the suspects allegedly forced the victim -- again, who is partially paralyzed -- to clean up after their dog and "multiple" cats.

Both Donovan and Washington face charges of first-degree kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. They were ordered held without bail when they were arraigned on Saturday.

If convicted, the defendants are looking at sentences of up to 25 years to life in prison.
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Heather
Heather

It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so cruel to one another. Glad that the niece was concerned enough to call the authorities. I am sure she saved her aunt from a signicant amount of torture and ultimately death.

Stories such as these are a constant reminder of why I dislike most people. I do, however, love all our four legged friends.

DPatriot7
DPatriot7

WHERE ARE THEIR PICTURES?

Collinitzki
Collinitzki

 Yeah, somebody should invent a website where you could search for stuff like that. Dumbass.

Jld73
Jld73

What color/race where all of these people involved.  that seems to be the only thing that matters any more.

John1127
John1127

I know them they were white there pictures are on google i if untypical queens house of horrors any way what dose race matter

Sporkandspindy
Sporkandspindy

Only to racist crapbags like you does it matter!

UnAmerican
UnAmerican

Some quality upstanding Amerikkans there!!!!  Anything for $$$$.  God bless the USA.

Rademacher
Rademacher

Just think, if they were making a billion dollars and could do this to millions of Americans, they'd be Wall $treet heroes and sheroes!

My2Cents
My2Cents

omg... there is just no hell hot enough for these two

Chelsea Scott
Chelsea Scott

I can only be thankful that she had a family member concerned enough to call the police. We read so many stories with victims that have nobody to fight for them.

Toni T Mcenaney
Toni T Mcenaney

but it took the family member a year to check on her

My2Cents
My2Cents

Unfortunately not all families are tight knit, I'm just thankful she did.

Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper

Its disgusting I live right across the street from them...i had no idea this was going on. 

DPatriot7
DPatriot7

I guess they are black , that's why we aren't seeing their pictures anywhere . Wouldn't want to offend .

Punkeisha
Punkeisha

You're a RACIST. Get help, dirtbag.

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

WTF is wrong with those wastes of space and oxygen?  They should be paralyzed from the neck down and beaten within an inch of their lives and be denied medical treatment, and they should be starved and force fed dog and cat shit.

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