‘Tortured’ 9-year-old girl pulled unconscious, clothed from bathtub; mom waits 45 minutes to call 911 as daughter says she can’t breathe

A Pennsylvania woman and her boyfriend have been accused of torturing the woman’s 9-year-old daughter.

As WPVI reports, medics were called to a home in Chester County this week where they found the girl critically injured. The unidentified 9-year-old girl had earlier been pulled unconscious from a bathtub, wearing clothes. The report does not specify how the girl entered the bathtub, or precisely when she lost consciousness.

According to the report, the girl’s mother Julianne Lewis waited 45 minutes after her daughter said she couldn’t breathe to call for help. A police report obtained by the news station shows that the girl was deprived of oxygen long enough to cause brain damage. While she was considered critically injured at the time of the incident, her current condition is not known.

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A subsequent investigation reportedly found evidence that Lewis’s boyfriend, Dimitrios Moscharis, had been abusing and torturing the child, and that Lewis allowed it. Moscharis is accused to locking the girl in a closet under a pile of clothes for up to 15 hours, and hitting the child with a baton or curtain rod.

Both suspects are currently in custody, and Moscharis is facing attempted homicide charges.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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