Atlantic City Mayor, Wife Charged With Abusing Daughter

Counts include endangering the welfare of a child
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2024 3:13 PM CDT
Atlantic City Mayor, Wife Charged With Abusing Daughter
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, center, greets supporters after a news conference in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 1, 2024.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and his wife, La'Quetta, were charged Monday with abusing and assaulting their teenage daughter on multiple occasions, including hitting her in the head with a broom and knocking her unconscious. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said it filed charges against both parents of endangering the welfare of a child. Marty Small also was charged with making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, and simple assault, the AP reports. La'Quetta Small, who is Atlantic City's superintendent of schools, was additionally charged with three separate counts of simple assault.

The prosecutor's office said in a news release that "the defendants physically and emotionally abused their 15/16-year-old-daughter on multiple occasions" in December 2023 and January 2024. It said that in one incident, Marty Small is alleged to have hit his daughter multiple times in the head with a broom, causing her to lose consciousness. He also is accused of punching his daughter in the legs multiple times, leaving bruises, and threatening to throw her down a staircase and "smack the weave out of her head," the release said.

La'Quetta Small is accused of punching her daughter multiple times in the chest, leaving bruises, and punching her in the mouth during a separate argument. LaQuetta Small also is accused of dragging her daughter by the hair, and striking her with a belt on her shoulders, leaving marks, according to the prosecutor's office. Earlier this month, Small held a news conference in City Hall to say that a search of his home in late March involved "a private family issue," not a crime. Small said at the news conference that he and his wife have been interacting with state child welfare authorities and have nothing to hide. "We're going through family therapy, and that's what this should be, a family matter," he said.

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