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2 women wanted in torture of boy

June 14, 2008|Joel Rubin

Police are reaching out to the public for help in locating two women wanted for allegedly torturing the young son of one of the pair.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's juvenile division announced Friday that they were searching for Starkeisha Brown, 24, and her live-in girlfriend, Krystal Matthews, 19.

Police said the women routinely subjected Brown's 5-year-old son to "unbearable physical and psychological abuse," beating him, burning him and not letting him eat or drink.

The boy, who lived with the two women in the area of Figueroa and 110th streets, was rescued by a stranger who found him on a day when the two women left him unattended. He remains hospitalized in "guarded" condition, authorities said.

Both suspects have a history of violence, police said, and should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dets. Norma Zamora or Maria Singh at (213) 485-4220. Calls can also be made to a toll-free hotline at (877) 529-3855. Callers may remain anonymous.

-- Joel Rubin

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