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Ugandan authorities have accused a US couple of torturing their foster child.

Ugandan authorities have accused a US couple of torturing their foster child.
Ugandan authorities have accused a US couple of torturing their foster child.

According to police, an American couple who were caring for a 10-year-old boy in Uganda have been accused of "aggravated torture."

Both 32-year-olds, Nicholas Spencer and Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer, were charged on Friday and remanded to Luzira Prison, a high security institution outside of Kampala, according to a statement from the police on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, they were scheduled to show up in court for a bond hearing.

According to the police, the couple is caring for three Ugandan children, including the victim.

According to the charges, between 2020 and 2022, they allegedly "constantly tormented" the boy, who attended a Kampala school for special needs students, with neighbors raising the alarm.

CCTV footage was discovered when authorities searched the residence.

The victim spent his nights on a wooden platform without a mattress or beddings and was fed cold food from the refrigerator, according to the police statement.

"Our team of investigators established, that the couple kept the victim barefoot, and naked throughout the day, would occasionally make him squat in an awkward position, with his head facing the floor and hands spread out widely," the statement said.


Without the presence of the camera, "we believe the victim could have undergone more cruel acts of torture," it continued.


In a statement, the police asked social workers to regularly monitor the well-being of foster children and children in vulnerable situations. They claimed that doing so would have likely prevented the victim's recent events.

According to authorities, the pair traveled to Uganda in 2017 to volunteer at a non-profit organization with a US presence in the town of Jinja before relocating to Naguru, a posh Kampala suburb, to work at a start-up.

International adoptions have sparked controversy in the East African country.

A US-based adoption network that matched families in the US with Ugandan children who weren't orphans was the target of criminal accusations and economic sanctions by the US government in 2020.

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