Third person arraigned in Concord torture case
Amy Nason will be held on a $50,000 cash bail on charges she helped two others torture her cousin in their Penacook home, leaving him burned and bruised.
Nason, 29, was arraigned yesterday at Concord’s district court where her aunt, 52-year-old Christine Gelineau, and an acquaintance, 20-year-old Daniel Cantrell, were charged in connection to the case last week.
The police have accused all three of pressuring the 18-year-old man, who is Gelineau’s son, to tell the police his wounds were self-inflicted. He maintained that lie – out of fear – until Thursday when he first began to describe the physical and mental abuse he was subjected to over the course of several weeks, according to the police.
The man told officials that numerous times Nason instructed Cantrell to assault him by twisting his already broken leg. On one occasion, Nason forced the man to stay standing for an entire night and told him that if he sat down Cantrell would “twist both of his legs until his heels pointed where his toes were supposed to be,” according to the affidavit.
The teen also said Cantrell, Gelineau and Nason all forced him to drink urine, then laughed while he did, according to the affidavit.
Those new details come on top of a long list of extreme acts the group is already accused of, including burning the man’s penis with a lighter, feeding him worms and pushing a lit cigarette into his neck.
The teen was hospitalized Wednesday and remained there yesterday, Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said.
O’Malley said the investigation is still open and detectives are particularly interested in finding out where Gelineau and Nason lived before moving into Penacook’s Island Shore Estates community a few months ago. O’Malley said the police plan to contact law enforcement officials in other cities if they believe the teenager was abused elsewhere before moving to Concord.
Cantrell is from Sparta, Tenn., and is believed to have moved to New Hampshire in late February or early March. Cantrell’s mother told the Monitor he recently met Nason and Gelineau in Sparta, where the family had come to make contact with the father of one of Nason’s children.
Cantrell and Gelineau are each being held on $200,000 cash bail. All three will have probable cause hearings Monday, where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to continue on to a Merrimack County grand jury.