In Alabama, a young couple had just given birth to a set of twins which was exciting to them for a reason different than it would be for most. As soon as they arrived home with their little boy and girl, they didn’t waste any time putting them to use in a way that left authorities in complete disbelief.
For three months, the parents, 19-year-old Jordan Lanie Swenson and 20-year-old Marion Austin Dycus, must have never taken them out of the house for anyone to see, since they were busy inside doing other things, which others should have noticed. Almost exactly three months from the day they were born, the couple brought them out of their home but only for a trip back to the hospital after things had gone horribly wrong. Now, the couple is going to prison after what was found on the children’s bodies.
According to AL.com, from the day the duo brought their babies home, they began to “torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat, or otherwise willfully maltreat the child by causing physical injury which created the substantial risk of death on multiple occasions,” the warrant says, detailing the mistreatment the newborns endured. Both infants’ little bodies were covered in deep, dark bruises, mostly on their heads and faces. The baby girl was suffering respiratory failure and showed bite marks on her face. Her brother suffered broken ribs, all from their parents’ perpetual abuse.
An unexpected injury found on the girl was a torn frenulum, which is the fold of skin under the tongue between the lip and gum. This could have been caused by excessive screaming and crying over the course of the abuse, as she endured one beating after another, in my opinion, for no other reason than the couple’s demented pleasure.
Swenson and Dycus were taken into custody after the hospital called to report the extent of the children’s conditions. They are each being held on $1 million bond, and if guilty of what they are accused, they better never see the light of day again. The only punishment appropriate for this type of crime is for inmates to impose the same torture on them in a jail cell for the duration of their sentences.
If they didn’t want these kids, they should have adopted them out to a couple who could love them and desperately desires a family. Instead, they decided that it would be a good time to abuse them for hours, days, weeks, and months on end, to the edge of death.