Six Roommates Accused of Repeatedly Abusing 3-Year-Old Boy


(Top row, from left: Mary Buchan, Patricia Buchan, Homer (Omar) Searcy. Bottom from left: Bridget Buchan, Natacha Smith and Patricia Gamarra:  Essex County Correctional Facility)

Well the Brady Bunch certainly looks different. 

This group of six fine members of society in New Jersey were all arrested on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Natacha Smith, 43, is the mother of the victim, a 3-year-old boy who was whipped with a belt and suffered burns from scalding hot water being poured on him after Smith and her five roommates took turns assaulting the young boy.  

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, the group would punch, whip and scald the helpless boy inside the Newark apartment they all share.

Several other children were found in the home but none are believed to have been abused, officials said.

The 3-year-old and the other unharmed children were placed with relatives and New Jersey family services.

The six suspects are all expected to be arraigned Thursday.


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