Parents of Ohio Stepmom Are Now Charged with Helping Abuse Boy Who Was Likened to Concentration Camp Survivor


Amy Dangel (L) and Anthony Dangel (R) appear in mugshots

Amy Dangel (L), the boy’s stepmother, and Anthony Dangel (R), the child’s biological father, appear in mugshots.

Prosecutors previously said that an Ohio stepmother abused a boy while his biological father turned a blind eye, but authorities now claim the woman’s parents also played a role in the horrid mistreatment. The child, now 13, was left looking like a concentration camp survivor, authorities previously claimed.

Step-grandparents Armin Rodriguez and Susan Rodriguez are each charged in Hamilton County, Ohio, with a count of endangering children, and complicity. They “recklessly tortured or cruelly abused the victim,” according to records obtained by WXIX. That allegedly included beating the victim with a belt, withholding food, and forbidding him access to the bathroom while forcing him to stand for hours. The defendants even monitored the boy with cameras, authorities said.

The allegations echoed how the defendants’ daughter Amy Dangel, 45, (named in court records as Amy Rodriguez) allegedly abused the boy. Over a 3-year period starting in 2018, Dangel allegedly beat the victim with belts and spoons, starved him, strapped him to a bed and forced him to stand in a corner for hours on end without access to bathroom. In one incident, she allegedly had the other children in the home count as she struck the boy with a wooden spoon. The children counted to 75, authorities said.

Amy did not give the victim adequate clothing, sheets or blankets for years–and allegedly locked the refrigerator and cabinets in the house to keep him out, authorities said. The boy only weighed 61 pounds at age 12. Authorities now say he walks with a limp, and experiences intense pain and emotional trauma.

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