Undersheriff says alleged abuse of Albion girl is worst case in recent memory

Deputies: Child was neglected, abused over several months in Oswego Co.

Four people are facing charges in connection to a child abuse case in Oswego County that the Undersheriff says is the worst in recent memory.

The Oswego County Sheriff's Office says the investigation began Wednesday when a 10-year-old victim fled a home on Albion Cross Road and told a neighbor she was the victim of ongoing physical abuse.

Deputies say an investigation revealed the child was the target of beatings starting back in April. Over the course of several months she was struck by open hands, closed fists, and was kicked repeatedly, investigators said.

In addition, the victim was allegedly denied regular meals, and was instead forced to eat one meal each day doused with hot sauce, according to the Sheriff's Office. The victim was also required to work outside all day without food, water, or access to a bathroom and was not allowed to bathe, deputies said.

In another alleged incident, the victim was taken to the Happy Valley Game Management Park and forced to run with weighted backpacks. As she did so, she was followed by a vehicle which would hit her if she ran too slow, investigators said. The victim was then tied to the back of the vehicle and dragged for running too slow, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The 10-year-old girl is currently in the hospital, according to Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan. On Thursday he said the case is the worst in recent memory.

"This whole thing is just awful," Undersheriff Sullivan said. "I've been talking about it all day and still can't wrap my brain around it."

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The following people have been charged:

  • Leslieann Raeder, 34, of Albion Cross Road - Deputies say she's the girl's mother. She's charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. (A photo of Raeder was not provided)
  • Gary Bubis Jr, 37, of Albion Cross Road - Deputies say he's Raeder's boyfriend. He's charged with Assault in the Second Degree.
  • Brandy Shaver, 18, of Albion Cross Road - Deputies say she's Bubis' sister - She's charged with Assault in the Second Degree.
  • Shawn Whaley, 23, of Albion Cross Road - Deputies say he's Shaver's boyfriend. He's charged with Assault in the Second Degree.

The Sheriff's Office says Bubis' assault charge stems from an additional allegation that he forced a 3-year-old's hand into a container of hot water, causing burns. The 3-year-old and a 12-year-old, both of whom lived in the home, are with other family members, deputies said.

Of the three children, Undersheriff Sullivan says investigators believe the adults charged had singled out the 10-year-old as the "naughty" child. "So this was as a result of discipline and trying to make her behave. Frankly all we can get right now is that her offenses amounted to sneaking food, trying to get food; trying to do things that kids do," Undersheriff Sullivan said.

Bubis, Whalen, and Shaver were arraigned in the Williamstown Court and sent to the Oswego County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, $50,000 bond, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are likely. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Sheriff’s investigators at 315-349-3411.

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