Reports claim that a South Carolina couple “constantly tortured” their 10-year-old foster son from 2020 to 2022. The couple is currently living in Uganda
In 2017, Nicholas Spencer and Mackenzie Spencer, both 32 years old, began living and working in Uganda. Several outlets reported that they kept one of the foster children naked and barefoot at all times while they lived in Naguru, a Kampala suburb.
It is alleged that they did not provide him with a mattress, forcing him to sleep on a wood platform. Numerous outlets report that the couple has been charged with aggravated torture.
In an interview with The Monitor, the boy’s caretaker said the couple prevented him from accessing education and kept him locked in a chilly, tiled room at all times. He was also monitored by a camera in his room, she said.
According to The Monitor, the child’s caretaker came forward after becoming alarmed about his condition. In addition, the 10-year-old child was allegedly singled out for harsh treatment by the Spencers.
A police statement pointed out that the victim could have endured more severe acts of torture away from the camera.
A local prosecutor deemed the Spencers a flight risk during a hearing on Wednesday. Their lawyer, however, claimed that the couple needed medication they couldn’t obtain in prison and requested that they be released on bail.
On LinkedIn, both Spencers work for a startup called MOTIV Uganda. In response to the allegations, the Spencers have pleaded not guilty. As they await their bail application, they are currently being held at Luzira Prison, a maximum security facility.