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June 24, 2014

Wife charged with permitting child abuse in North Andover torture case

NORTH ANDOVER - The wife of a High Street man charged with torturing his stepdaughters over a five-year period will be arraigned today on child abuse charges herself.

Anne Ladd, 32, of North Andover was indicted on two counts of permitting assault and battery on a child, permitting assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury and two counts of child endangerment, according to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office.

The Essex County Grand Jury indicted Anne Ladd on June 18. She was arraigned today on the charges in Salem Superior Court. Bail was set at $1,000 and she was ordered to have no contact with victims.

Justin Ladd, 33, was indicted on 41 charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, mayhem and assault and battery for the purpose of intimidation due to race, color, ethnicity or national origin.

He was arrested and charged in May and held without bail. Ladd, of 138 High St., is accused of hitting his stepdaughters with a hammer, pulling on their tongues with pliers, threatening to have the girls killed by a motorcycle gang and other abuse, according to court documents.

More coming on this story at eagletribune.com.

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