Las Vegas Metro Police arrested a couple on June 11 after reports that the two had subjected multiple children to harrowing abuse.
33-year-old Amanda Stamper and 31-year-old Travis Doss were apprehended in a Walgreens store near their residence at an extended stay hotel unit, where body camera video showed police discovering two children caged in what appeared to be dog kennels.
The other four children present also showed signs of abuse, aged 11 or under.
According to court documents, Stamper had reported to police that Doss had kicked one of the children in the head and believed them dead, planning to place them in a body bag.
The nine and eleven year old found caged were reported as having difficulty walking upon release, with one allegedly displaying “two black eyes that were swollen shut, multiple marks and bruises all over his body” and claiming he hadn’t eaten for days due to his father beating him with cords and belts.
It is suspected they may not have survived if officers had not intervened immediately. All six children reportedly had “marks from their neck down” according to court documents.
Doss has been indicted on 38 counts of felony child abuse while Stamper faces 7 counts of her own, both are also accused of first-degree kidnapping, sex trafficking and living off the earnings of prostitution.
In an interview with KLAS-TV following her arrest, Stamper claimed she was herself a victim of abuse suffered at the hands of Doss who withheld food as punishment.
She described herself as a stepmother figure for all six kids involved in the case but mentioned there were another two outside this group alongside her biological 2-year old child.
“I just wanted them to be safe in the end, like, and I wanted everybody out of it. I just wanted him incarcerated, I just knew if he was incarcerated that everybody will be safe,” she said.
Stamper also said that there were two other children besides the six involved in the case and that she was pregnant with another child.
Vegas police said it was one of the worst cases of abuse they had ever seen.
Vegas police declared it one worst cases seen by officers yet—a truly heartbreaking scene.