Shock in the US: a 12-year-old girl died after suffering brutal torture by her father and his partner

Shock in the US: a 12-year-old girl died after suffering brutal torture by her father and his partner
Shock in the US: a 12-year-old girl died after suffering brutal torture by her father and his partner

Couple faces severe charges after daughter’s death in torture conditions (CHESTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY)

In a tragic case that shakes the community of the municipality of West CalnPennsylvania, Rendell Hoagland52 years old, and his girlfriend, Cindy Warren45, have been arrested and face serious charges following the death of Hoagland’s daughter, Malinda Hoagland, only 12 years old. The minor, who was found in a critical state of malnutrition, with multiple broken bones and weighing just 23 kilograms (50 pounds), died shortly after being hospitalized. Authorities are considering charging them with murder, pending more medical tests.

This horrendous case came to light on May 4, when Hoagland contacted 911, reporting that her daughter was unconscious. After emergency personnel arrived at her home, they took her to the Paoli Hospital, where his situation became critical. “Malinda was devastated and barely alive,” said Chester County District Attorney Christopher L. de Barrena-Sarobewhich also emphasized the severity of the abuse to which the minor was subjected: “Malinda was subjected to evil and torment that no child should endure.”

The investigation revealed disturbing details about the conditions in which Malinda lived. She was removed from the school in late November 2023 to be “transferred to a cyber school at home,” a move that authorities say allowed the defendants to carry out unprecedented violence away from outside eyes. “How this pattern of abuse exists in America… I don’t have the answer, but we will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”said De Barrena-Sarobe, highlighting the urgent need to prevent similar tragedies.

Malinda Hoagland, 12, died weighing just 50 pounds after being chained and starved (CHESTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY)

In addition to Malinda’s harrowing physical condition, police discovered digital evidence of routine abuse. Videos and text messages were found on the couple’s phones documenting Malinda being chained to furniture and the girl being subjected to strenuous physical exercises, as well as food deprivation. These brutal practices were recorded in dozens of stored recordings, which shed light on the systematic torture to which the minor was subjected.

The charges faced by Hoagland and Warren include attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, among others. Held on bail of one million dollars each, their current legal circumstances reflect the seriousness of their actions. The matter has an even darker dimension, considering that Cindy Warren had a record of convictions related to child abuse and the death of another minor under her care.

The community and authorities remain shocked by the cruelty of this case, as they prepare for the preliminary hearing scheduled for May 13. The office of Medical examiner The Chester County Sheriff’s Office continues to analyze Malinda’s remains to accurately establish the cause of her death and determine the exact extent of her injuries, which could influence the final charges against Hoagland and Warren.

Authorities say an investigation found that Malinda had been removed from school at the end of 2023. (Illustrative Image Infobae)

This case highlights not only the horrors of child abuse within the home, but also the crucial role of communities and institutions in detecting and preventing such tragedies. In the words of the Barrena-Sarobe prosecutor: “Together we will get justice for Malinda”reflecting the authorities’ commitment to ensuring that justice prevails and that Malinda’s memory is honored by preventing future cases of abuse.

The prosecutor added that if you have concerns about the safety of a child, you should call 911, you can also contact Childline at 1-800-932-0313. Reports from children can be anonymous, and if you have information about the case, you can contact Chester County Detectives at 610-344-6866.

If you suspect child abuse, call Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or visit All calls are free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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