5 members of an Amite household had been accused in federal court docket Thursday (July 26) of kidnapping and holding a 22-year-old autistic relative captive for roughly 10 months, padlocked in a shed after which in a makeshift yard cage, and subjecting her to a variety of humiliations and abuse that included capturing her with a BB gun, overlaying her with the contents of the household’s septic tank and forcing her to eat her lately deceased mom’s cremated stays from a cereal bowl.
The household, usually on the path of 42-year-old matriarch Raylaine Knope, additionally withheld the sufferer’s Social Safety advantages and compelled her to carry out home work and yard work with no compensation and, usually, in a demeaning method. Additionally they ordered her to make sexual advances to a number of males in a sex-trafficking scheme, the indictment alleges.
Together with Raylaine Knope, the six-count indictment costs her husband, 45-year-old Terry J. Knope II, and their kids, 23-year-old Jody Lambert and 20-year-old Taylor Knope, within the “pressured labor” conspiracy. Lambert is Raylaine Knope’s son and Taylor Knope is Terry Knope II’s daughter. Courtroom paperwork didn’t specify how the sufferer is expounded to her alleged tormenters.
The horrific abuse started in August 2015, roughly a day after the Aug. 12, 2015 dying of the sufferer’s mom, in accordance with court docket data.
In August 2015, the 4 accused abusers, together with their 22-year-old sufferer, moved from the Kentwood residence shared with the sufferer’s late mom to a cellular residence within the 57500 block of Speeding Lane. The abuse continued via June 2016, in accordance with the federal accusations.
A fifth member of the family, Raylaine Knope’s daughter, 21-year-old Bridget Lambert, was additionally charged individually in a invoice of knowledge dated Monday. Bridget Lambert, who’s accused of taking part within the forced-labor conspiracy, periodically lived with the household on Speeding Lane.
To make sure the girl didn’t escape, the 5 members of the family usually threatened her with violence and dying, reinforcing their threats with beatings and different abuse, like holding a gun to her head, holding her hand to a flame and holding her underwater in a sizzling tub as she struggled to come back up for air.
If she reported her abusers to legislation enforcement, they’d kill her, they mentioned, court docket data allege.
The household additionally ensured the sufferer had no sources for escape. Terry Knope stored the sufferer’s Social Safety funds, which totaled practically $8,800 for the roughly 11-month interval, whereas Raylaine Knope confiscated the sufferer’s state-issued ID, cellphone and laptop computer.
As well as, they force-fed the sufferer methamphetamines and prescription painkillers, telling her they’d report her to the police for drug use if she did not obey their orders.
The indictment depicts Raylaine Knope as a ringleader of the abuse, ordering the opposite members of the family to denigrate and bodily assault the sufferer and preserve her locked in a tent, then a shed, then a chicken-wire cage within the again yard.
It was Raylaine Knope who pressured the sufferer pour her mom’s ashes from an urn right into a cereal bowl with milk after which eat the combination with a spoon. Because the sufferer adopted instructions, Raylaine Knope, Terry Knope, Jody Lambert and Taylor Knope stood close by, “watching and laughing,” court docket data allege.
The sufferer “vomited onto the desk a number of minutes after consuming the ashes.”
The indictment costs Raylaine Knope, Terry Knope II, Jody Lambert and Taylor Knope with conspiring to acquire pressured labor, pressured labor and utilizing power and threats of power to intrude with the sufferer’s federal Truthful Housing Act rights.
Raylaine Knope and Terry Knope II are additionally accused of tried intercourse trafficking.
Terry J. Knope II is moreover accused of committing a hate crime, with prosecutors alleging he shot the sufferer with a BB gun whereas calling her a “retard” who “does not need to dwell.”
He’s additionally charged with theft of presidency funds in connection to the stolen Social Safety advantages.
Bridget Lambert, 21, was charged individually in a invoice of knowledge, which accuses her of 1 rely of conspiring to acquire pressured labor.