ALIQUIPPA, Pa. – A prosecutor says a Pennsylvania couple could be reunited with the 12-year-old daughter, they are accused of waterboarding as a judge approves a tentative plea deal.
Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier, says the deal calls for guilty pleas from Malisa and Dion Stevens to child endangerment and sentences of seven years ‘ probation; that can ultimately be reduced to five years. The couple would be reunited under supervision with their daughter.
The authorities claim that the girl was swept away in the Aliquippa (al-uh-KWIH’-puh) home in the basement, a wet towel was placed over her face, and her chair tilted backward like a bucket of cold water poured on her, preventing her from breathing.
Lawyers say they hope that the deal would lead to the reunification of the couple with their daughter.