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Oswego County DA: Three indicted in Albion abuse case

Home in Albion, site of an abuse case in Oswego County this summer. (CNYCentral File)

Three people connected to the abuse case of a 10-year-old girl in Oswego County earlier this summer were indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday, according to Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes.

Leslieann Raeder, the victim's mother, was charged with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal obstruction of breathing. Gary Bubis Jr., Raeder's boyfriend, was indicted for unlawful imprisonment and tampering with physical evidence in the first degree, and eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Jessica Edwards was indicted for unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

A fourth suspect, Brandy Shaver, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted coercion.

An investigation began on Aug. 30 when the 10-year-old victim fled a home on Albion Cross Road and told a neighbor she was the victim of ongoing physical abuse.

The investigation later revealed that the child was the target of beatings starting back in April. Over the course of several months she was struck by open hands, closed fists, and was kicked repeatedly, investigators said. The victim was allegedly denied regular meals, and was instead forced to eat one meal each day doused with hot sauce, according to the Sheriff's Office. The victim was also required to work outside all day without food, water, or access to a bathroom and was not allowed to bathe, deputies said.

In another alleged incident, the victim was taken to the Happy Valley Game Management Park and forced to run with weighted backpacks. As she did so, she was followed by a vehicle which would hit her if she ran too slow, investigators said. The victim was then tied to the back of the vehicle and dragged for running too slow, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan called the case the worst in recent memory.


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