Connecticut boy forced to kneel on tacks, drink hot sauce; mom, stepfather arrested

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A Connecticut man is accused of locking his stepson in a small room for months and torturing him by forcing him to kneel on tacks and drink hot sauce until he vomited, police say.

The Naugutuck Police Department arrested Kevin Grant, 31, and Kaitlin Elizabeth Baptiste, 29, last Friday for allegedly keeping him in a laundry room for four months and torturing him. 

Kevin Grant (Naugatuck Police Department)

Police did not release the juvenile victim’s name, and his age was redacted in the warrant application.

But investigators detailed the gruesome abuse in the document, which Hartford's FOX 61 published Wednesday.

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He “was being made to kneel on sharp tacks and eat extremely spicy hot peppers,” according to the warrant. When he threw up, “he was made to ingest the vomit.”

Investigators said they found a scar on the boy’s face that they “later determined to be from a bottle rocket that was held in his mouth by [Grant].”

Kaitlin Baptiste (Naugatuck Police Department)

A total of five stepsiblings lived in the home — three of Baptiste's and two of Grant's. Only one showed documented signs of abuse.

Other alleged abuse involved forcing the victim to stand in place for a week, denying him “good” food served to other members of the family, and forcing him to sleep in a trailer outside and in the garage.

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Grant faces charges of risk of injury to a child, second-degree assault, intentional cruelty, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. He was released after posting $25,000 bond, court records show. 

Baptiste’s charges include risk of injury to a child, conspiracy to commit intentional cruelty, conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. She has been released on $10,000 bond.

The Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the ongoing case.

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