‘Mom, why did he do this to me?’: young wife in hospital after alleged abuse to save weeks old baby
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A 23-year-old newlywed bride is in hospital after her husband allegedly tortured her for two days in front of their weeks old baby.
Prosper Ortega is in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital after her husband allegedly tied her up, stabbed her, drugged her and even tried to make Ortega blind and deaf in their Atlanta home, according to the victim’s mother, Fawn Ortega.
A news affiliate of NBC, WXIA News, wrote Uchitel had threatened to leave with the baby so the accused “initially endured the abuse believing it would make [Uchitel] stay.”
Fawn told WSB-TV she knew something was wrong when the accused began to isolate her daughter from the family.
When Fawn arrived at the couple’s home on June 29 she had to fight him to get inside.
“I fought him, I went in there and I just…I just fought him.”
The condition she saw her daughter in brought her to tears.
“He beat her ribs and her breast, saying her milk was useless and she was worthless. And he tried to blind her so she couldn’t see her baby, he tried to make her deaf so she couldn’t hear [the baby] crying for her.”
She went on to say her daughter tried to escape by breaking a window but the accused tied her to their bed and “tried to rip out her teeth and bite off her top lip.”
Prosper was also allegedly stabbed in her chest and the back of her leg.
Now, Fawn is hoping her daughter will heal not only physically but emotionally.
“I just need her to be okay. I just want her to be okay and I just want to make sure he doesn’t get out because she’s terrified that he’s going to get out.”
Fawn will look after the young baby while her daughter recovers.
A GoFundMe page has been started to help raise money for Prosper Ortega’s medical bills.
Fawn said it is important to share the story of domestic abuse and raise awareness.
Aaron Uchitel has been charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment and cruelty to children.
The Government of Ontario stated “spousal violence has been consistently identified as one of the most common forms of violence against women in Canada.”
Statistics Canada also noted that in 2013, “women accounted for nearly 80 per cent of victims of police-reported intimate partner violence.”
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