A vicious Queens couple savagely beat, kicked, tortured and starved their 12-year-old daughter — until the gutsy little girl finally dimed out the depraved duo, officials said.
Helpless Maya Ranot — her weight down to a skeletal 58 pounds as the relentless violence escalated — survived to spill the gory details of the house of horrors where she was tormented for nearly three years.
Dad Rajesh Ranot, 46, and stepmom Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Ozone Park, were behind bars Tuesday after their arraignments last week on multiple charges of assault and child endangerment.
“Thank God,” said one of Rajesh Ranot’s former in-laws. “It’s about time they locked him up. Everyone is afraid of him . . . . How could he do this to his own daughter?”
Heroic Maya was beaten with everything from a rolling pin to a baseball bat to a broken metal broom handle — but never said a word because she feared her four step-siblings would be sent to foster care, officials said.
“Fortunately, she found the courage to speak up,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “It is not too hard to imagine that this case would have ended in the child’s death.”
Neighbors described Rajesh Ranot, who lived in the area for the last 10 years, as a volatile cab driver with a foul temper and a mean streak.
“He was the kind of guy who would be your friend and smack you at the same time,” said a 51-year-old neighbor who gave his name as Trinny. “You could not trust him.”
Local residents recounted seeing skinny little seventh-grader Maya playing near the family’s residence, with no signs of her family or any friends.
“I feel terrible for her,” said neighbor Annette Persaud, the mother of two boys.
The investigation began after EMTs called to the family home above a garage in Ozone Park found Maya lying in a pool of blood from a gash deep enough to reveal the bone on her left wrist.
Authorities say stepmom Sheetal opened the deep laceration by slashing the girl with the jagged end of a broken metal broom handle on May 6. The bleeding child, dressed in filthy clothes, was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital for wrist surgery and stitches to her knee after the attack.
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