An Ozone Park couple face a litany of child abuse charges — including multiple counts of assault and child endangerment —for allegedly starving and beating their now 12-year-old daughter between December 2012 and July 2014. In one instance, the child was allegedly hit with a broken metal broom handle that cut her wrist down to the bone and required hospitalization and surgery.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and city Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carri—n identified the defendants as Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his wife, Sheetal Ranot, 31, of 96th Street.
According to the criminal charges, Sheetal Ranot repeatedly hit her stepdaughter, Maya Ranot, causing bruising and pain, and locked her inside her bedroom and refused to feed her for extended periods of time between December 2012 and May of this year.
In one instance, it is alleged that on Dec. 21, 2012, Ranot kicked Maya in the face while wearing footwear, causing bruising, swelling and substantial pain about her eye and face.
In a second instance, Ranot allegedly hit Maya in the face with a wooden rolling pin on April 16 causing a laceration, swelling and pain to her left cheek and requiring removal to a hospital for medical attention. At the time, doctors allegedly observed her to be underweight and thin, weighing 58 pounds, and wearing dirty clothes.
On a third occasion, May 6, Ranot allegedly hit Maya with a broken metal broom handle about her body, causing a deep laceration and bleeding about her left wrist and right knee. When medical personnel arrived at the family residence, they found Maya lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen with the tendons to her left wrist cut to the bone. Maya was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where she underwent surgery for her wrist and received stitches to her knee. At the time, doctors allegedly observed several bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing throughout Maya’s body.
It is additionally alleged that Rajesh Ranot repeatedly beat Maya about her body with his hands, his feet, a belt and a baseball bat between December 2012 and May of this year. During this same time period, it is alleged that he too would lock her inside her bedroom without food or water for extended periods of time and that he forced her to take cold showers while he struck her about her body with his hands and various objects.
On March 31 of this year, he allegedly hit her with a baseball bat, causing bruising, swelling and pain about her head and face. It is further alleged that between April 16 and May 6 Ranot continued to hit his daughter with a baseball bat about her head and legs, causing bruising and pain about her ears, head and legs.
Sheetal Ranot was arraigned on July 29 on a criminal complaint charging her with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned again on Aug. 1 on a criminal complaint charging her with first- and second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $10,000 and $50,000, respectively, and Ranot was ordered to return to court on Aug. 13 on both charges Ranot, who is presently being held in jail in lieu of a total of $60,000 in bail, faces up to seven years in prison in the first case and up to 25 years in prison in the second case if convicted.
Rajesh Ranot, who is the child’s biological father, was arraigned on Aug. 1 on a criminal complaint charging him with second- and third-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. Ranot, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. His next court date is also August 13.