Disturbing bodycam footage recently released by the Las Vegas Metro police shows the successful rescue of six children who were allegedly abused, including two children who were locked in a dog cage.
According to court documents shared with 8 News Now, both police and doctors have described the situation as the worst case of alleged abuse they have investigated.
Las Vegas Metro police arrested Travis Doss, age 31, and Amanda Stamper, age 33 on June 11 for allegedly abusing the 6 children seen in the video. According to 8 News Now, the police initially responded to a call from Stamper, who reported that her husband Doss had “threatened to kill her.”
Stamper and Doss reportedly lived in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with seven children, ages 2 to 11. After notifying the police of the situation at her apartment, the police arrived at the apartment to investigate the scene.
According to 8 News Now, the police officers discovered two children in a padlocked dog cage at the apartment. One of the two children locked in the dog cage was documented with “two black eyes that were swollen shut, multiple marks and bruises all over his body.” The police also described the child as “emaciated.”
During the investigation process, Stamper told law enforcement that Doss had been “violent towards all the children” with the exception of the 2-year-old child. Court documents reveal Stamper’s claim that Doss abused the children with “belts, extension cords, skillets,” as well as his “hands and feet.”
Additionally, one of the children interviewed by police detectives described how they were locked in a cage “all day every day” with very little food, according to 8 News Now.
Doss has been indicted by a Clark County grand jury on 40 charges. Currently, Doss faces multiple counts of child abuse for his alleged actions. Stamper faces seven charges of child abuse, as prosecutors claim the mother was aware of the alleged abuse.
Since the arrest, Stamper has been held without bail as the result of a probation violation. After his indictment, Doss was held for bail at $500,000. Despite the charges and the video footage, both Doss and Stamper pleaded not guilty.