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An Atlanta Woman Was Tortured By Her Husband, And It Was All In Front Of Their Infant Child

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Prosper Ortega is on the road to recovery after her husband tied her up and tortured her for days. The attack, which has left the woman blind and deaf, took place in their Atlanta home in front of their infant child. Ortega has worked with domestic abuse victims in the past and wants her photos shared to help other victims.

WARNING: The images in this story are graphic and might be disturbing to some readers.

Atlanta resident Prosper Ortega is recovering after a nightmare you usually only see in movies.

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Right now, Ortega is healing from injuries sustained after repeated abuse from her husband. She is well enough that she was recently reunited with her child.

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A few days earlier, however, Ortega was in the middle of a nightmare.

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The 23-year-old was tortured for days by her husband, Aaron Uchitel.

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During that time, her husband tried to pull out her teeth, tried biting her upper lip off and even tried gouging her eyes out. Uchitel allegedly drugged her continuously to keep her weak enough to prevent her from escaping. “Her ribs are broken. He beat her ribs and breast, saying her milk was useless and she was worthless,” Fawn Ortega, Prosper’s mother, told WXIA-TV.

Ortega’s mother said Prosper wanted photos of her injuries released so other victims would be prompted to get help.

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She also described to what extent Uchitel was willing to go to hurt her daughter: “He tried to blind her so she couldn’t see her baby, he tried to make her deaf so she couldn’t hear him crying for her,” Ortega’s mother told WXIA-TV.

The baby, less than a month old, was in the same room where the abuse and torture took place.

At one point during the abuse, Ortega managed to escape, but was caught by her husband.

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He then cut off her hair and tied her to the bed where he continued to torture her. Uchitel threatened to leave with the baby if Ortega did not comply, so she sacrificed herself instead.

Ortega was finally rescued when her mother broke into the home and fought Uchitel.

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“I fought him. I fought him. I just went in there and I fought him,” Ortega’s mother told WXIA-TV about the rescue.

Doctors are still not sure if she will regain full use of her eyes and ears after the attack, but the family remains hopeful.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Ortega and her baby to cover resulting expenses, which will be significant.

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At the time that this story was written, the GoFundMe page had almost reached its goal.

Watch the news report below. Warning: Contains graphic images.

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Mother Of Three, Who Also Has Asthma, Was Savagely Tortured By Prison Officers And It Was Caught On Tape

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Mother Of Three, Who Also Has Asthma, Was Savagely Tortured By Prison Officers And It Was Caught On Tape

Former inmates often talk about prison as a place in hell.

By definition, prison is a facility that is meant to confine a person while also denying them a variety of freedoms as punishment for their crimes. It is also meant to rehabilitate them so that they can return to society a better person. As a government institution, it is also meant to protect the prisoners inside of it. It is not, meant to be a facility for torture. Anyone tuning into the news today has to be aware that when it comes to the criminal justice system, women, particularly Black and Latino ones, are treated extremely unfairly. Police violence against, Black women, in particular, can be extremely alarming.

A video, which recently went viral, is an example of the startling pattern of violence against Black women by police.

Gruesome footage from an Ohio jail shows prison guards beating up a mother of three.

Chantelle Glass, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to jail after her mother called the police on her because Chantelle and her sister had a verbal dispute in 2018. Chantelle remained in prison because she had a 2016 traffic violation. That is all the Ohio police had on this woman: an argument and traffic violation.

County officials tried to prevent the video from being released because they knew full well the ramifications that this would cause.

The video, and it is scary to watch, shows the officers tying Chantelle to a chair. She is literally restrained in every capacity, which made it even easier for the guards to beat her.

In total, ten jail employees were “charged in a variety of cases investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, including five other officers charged in connection with three attacks on inmates,” Cleveland.com reports.

“She had no idea she was about to be tortured,” Subodh Chandra, Chantelle lawyer told a Fox affiliate. “She comes into the room pretty cooperatively.” She added, “They wanted to hurt her.”

Glass, who is a mother of three, suffers from asthma and says she could hardly breathe in the two hours the officers had her tied to the chair.

“That day, I thought I was going to die,” Glass said in a recent interview. “I sat in that cell I prayed to God that I wouldn’t die because I couldn’t breathe. I prayed that I wouldn’t die there.”

Now, eight months after the incident Cpl. Idris-Farid Clark and officer Robert Marsh, two of the officers involved have been indicted. Previously they were on paid leave.

On Monday, Clark was charged with second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor counts of assault. He was also charged with interfering with civil rights as well as unlawful restraint. Marsh has also been charged with assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. All of which are misdemeanors.

In the video, officers pepper-sprayed Chantelle, dumped water on her head, and punched her in the head. See the video below, but be warned it’s hard to unsee.

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

Georgia has been in the news for some not so good legislation, much like Alabama. However, the recent news from an Atlanta all-girls STEM school is touching hearts and making people cry. Lupita Nyong’o used her fame and her money to give young girls of color hope for their future.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o surprised female 6th-grade students with a $25,000 donation.

The “Us” star stopped by at the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership school in Atlanta to show support for the girls and their studies in science and technology.

“Good Morning America” voted the students “Most Likely To Succeed” for their quail-raising program.

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“I feel like I’m looking into the faces of the future and it gives me deep hope to see how open, how alive and how positive that future could be,” Nyong’ o said, according to ABC. “When I look into this room I see problem solvers. I see creative thinkers. I see activists. But most importantly I see women who are learning how to learn and learners change the world.”

The money will go toward school supplies, classroom projects, and more.

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The girls have been nurturing quail and selling the quail eggs to people in their community. It’s a way for them to provide fresh food and also raise money for their program.

“Being a quail guardian has taught me respect and responsibility and just how to be a better person in general,” student McKynzie Spearman said, according to ABC.

Check out the moment that Nyong’o walked to surprise the students.

Her words will remain with them forever. You can see in the faces of the girls that their life changed by being praised by someone they have immense respect for.

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