Dion Stevens, 34, and Malisa Stevens, 41,

Parents accused of waterboarding daughter, 12, still on the run; plan to surrender: DA

A Pennsylvania couple accused of waterboarding their 12-year-old daughter as a form of punishment are scheduled to turn themselves in, months after the alleged incident occurred.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Dion Stevens, 34, and Malisa Stevens, 41, both of Aliquippa, are accused of dragging their daughter into the basement of their home, where they allegedly bound her to a chair with duct tape, placed a wet towel on her face, then tipped the chair backwards while pouring buckets of cold water over her face.

“A wet towel was was then placed over her face. She was then tilted backwards with her feet off the ground and a bucket of cold water was poured over her covered face,” the affidavit read.

The little girl told police she screamed, panicked and tried to break loose after the water made it difficult for her to breathe.

According to a caseworker with the Beaver County Children & Youth Services, the couple admitted that they indeed tried to “waterboard” their child after watching the technique in a movie. They said they used it as a form of punishment. The incident occurred in April and since May, they’ve been on the run.

Court documents indicate that on Sept. 27, authorities charged both parents with strangulation, unlawful restraint aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and child endangerment. On Tuesday, District Attorney David Lozier said that he spoke with the couple’s lawyer, who told him they’re scheduled to turn themselves in.

“Their attorney is in communication with the officer who has filed the charges and they’re scheduling a date and time to turn themselves in,” Lozier said.

It’s still unclear where the suspects are or the exact date they plan to surrender.

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