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Neighbor reacts after couple arrested for felony child torture

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two suspects are under arrest in Phenix City after being charged with torturing children. Patrick McNair , 33, and 26-year-old Stephanie Hughes, the mother of the kids, are accused of burning the four children and hitting them possibly with a 2 x 4. All of the children are under the age of 10.

Neighbor, Kasey Tanton was surprised when Phenix City detectives showed up at the couples home this afternoon. Even more shocking was hearing that the couple was accused of torturing Hughes' four children.

"They kept to themselves they were real quite. I would see them every now and again, whether it was getting in and out of their car or their kids playing out in the yard. We didn't see anything bad," Tanton said.

Tanton, a mother herself, says the thought of anyone hurting a child makes her sick, "I'm a very over protective mother at that and one I can't even think about I can't even think about it really because it's just that's bad, it's horrible." 

"Let somebody do that crap to my child it wouldn't be a very good day for them," said an outraged Tanton.

Police say that a family member notified the Alabama Department of Human Resources after witnessing signs of abuse. The two suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon, after the Phenix City Police Criminal Investigative Division received word of the information. 

Both Hughes and McNair face four counts of wilful torture of a child. They are expected to appear in court Friday morning and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

As the investigation continues, police say they could face even more charges.

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