Police: US women poured hot sauce in boy's eyes

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 3:04 PM

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Two U.S. women jailed on suspicion of duct-taping a teenage boy, forcing him to inhale marijuana and pouring hot sauce in his eyes as punishment could face additional child abuse charges, police said Thursday.

"This is not discipline that any child should have to go through," West Valley Police Sgt. Jason Hauer said. "It's definitely abuse."

The 14-year-old Utah boy has been returned to his father's custody, Hauer said.

The mother, Robin Willette Rumsey, and her friend, Krista Jean Miller, were arrested Tuesday on multiple felony child abuse and endangerment charges.

Rumsey, 38, and Miller, 33, began a pattern of abuse against the boy two years ago, Hauer said.

He was punished for breaking a glass dish by having Tabasco hot sauce poured into his eyes, according to a probable cause statement used to hold the women in jail.

On other occasions, the women tried to force the boy to smoke marijuana, poured alcohol over his face and held him in a basement.

Rumsey and Miller were living together in a house owned by Miller's mother, who says she evicted them for failing to pay rent and moved back into the house Monday.

Marsha Christensen said she didn't believe the allegations against her foster daughter, Miller. She told KSL-TV she believes the child abuse allegations were fabricated as part of a custody battle over the child.

Hauer said investigators have no information on a custody fight.

"This case is full of mysteries. There are a lot of questions coming up that I don't have answers to, mostly because the case is still active," Hauer said Thursday.

It wasn't clear if Rumsey or Miller had lawyers.

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