Marty Small, Sr., and his wife, La’Quetta Small, who are the mayor of New Jersey’s Atlantic City and the local school superintendent respectively, have been arrested and charged for the brutal abuse of their teenage daughter.

The pair was arrested and charged on Monday for physical and emotional abuse that reportedly occurred over several months.

Mayor Small, 50, was charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, third-degree Terroristic Threats, third-degree Aggravated Assault, and disorderly persons Simple Assault.

His wife, 47, was charged with charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and three counts of disorderly persons Simple Assault.

Prosecutors say that the pair abused their child multiple times between December 2023 and January 2024.

Mr. Small allegedly beat the girl unconscious with a broom handle in one session of abuse. He is also accused of repeatedly slamming her to the ground and throwing her down the stairs in other incidents. Other times prosecutors say he punched the girl repeatedly in the legs causing severe bruises.

Mrs. Small is accused of punching the girl in the chest and mouth, dragging her by the hair, and using a belt to beat her.

The two pleaded for privacy for a “family issue” that they claimed was not a crime when police served a search warrant on their home.

“We’re going through family therapy, and that’s what this should be, a family matter,” the mayor said to the media.

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