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Three Women Charged with Abusing Children

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Jacqueline Peltier Jacqueline Peltier
Jenelle Gourd Jenelle Gourd
Alyssa Demarrias Alyssa Demarrias

A Grand Forks grandmother made her first court appearance after being charged with 13 counts of felony child abuse or neglect for allegedly abusing her grandchildren.

Jacqueline Peltier appeared in state district court on Thursday. She and her daughter, Jenelle Gourd, 28, and Alyssa Demarrias, 22, were arrested Wednesday.

Demarrias could face seven felony counts and Gourd four felony counts of child abuse or neglect. Court documents allege they failed to stop Peltier's abuse, and instead videotaped the acts.

Gourd and Demarrias told investigators Peltier five or six children between the ages of four and nine had been abused.

According to statements by Gourd, Demarrias, and other children, Peltier focused on one four-year-old boy. The court documents say Peltier would take him into her bedroom and hold his mouth shut while she hit him with a wooden stick.

Peltier taped the little boy's eyes shut when he was put to bed to force him to sleep and taped them open during the day so he could not sleep, according to investigators. Peltier also allegedly taped diapers to the children's bodies.

Peltier is accused of picking up one girl by her hair, lifting her off the floor. Investigators said bruises and red marks were found on some of the children. The Children told investigators that Peltier would force them to eat spoonfuls of hot sauce and force them to eat "two scoops of hot sauce," if they ran away, spit it out or cried.

Gourd also told investigators that Peltier stitched up a cut on a 5-year-old's head "with a needle and a thread because she refused to take the child to the hospital."

Gourd and Demarrias moved in with Peltier in December. Most of the alleged abuse is said to have happened in January and Gourd videotaped alleged abuse twice during that month. Social services removed the children from Peltier's home in February.

The children are currently in the care of social services, the three women have been ordered to have no contact with the children.

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