Linda Ann Weston (L), 51, and Gregory Thomas, 47, both of the 2500 block of N 29th Street and 49-year-old Eddie Wright (R) who is homeless were charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and related charges, cops said. Further charges concerning eight children found may be added.
The people who left 19-year-old Beatrice Weston’s body covered in wounds and scars from years of torturous abuse deserve the worst punishment possible, Philadelphia’s district attorney and police commissioner both say.
“When we talk about that kind of cruelty to somebody, over and over and over again, there is no penalty, and I repeat – no penalty, too harsh for the people that did this,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a Wednesday night press conference.
The kind of cruelty Ramsey talks about is finding a 19-year-old girl in the custody of her aunt, a convicted murderer and prime suspect in the kidnapping and imprisonment of disabled adults, with scars on her face, arms and legs; burn marks that appear to have come from a heated up spoon; fractured bones that have healed over; ankles that have been repeatedly shot with a pellet gun; malnourishment; as well as the emotional and mental scars from the prolonged abuse.
“I have been a policeman for a long time – 40 some odd years – and I have never seen a victim whose injuries were any more severe than what I saw last night with this young woman – at least not a living victim,” Ramsey said Wednesday. “It is absolutely one of the worst things you’ll see in terms of what an individual can do to someone else.
District Attorney Seth Williams and Mayor Michael Nutter were also visibly disturbed by the facts of the case and what they have seen.