Mayor and Wife Face Allegations of Daughter Abuse

( – For most parents, protecting their children from the ugliness of this world is a top priority, and they would do almost anything to keep them safe. But what if they themselves become the threat? That’s allegedly the case with the mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and his wife, who have been charged with multiple counts stemming from violent confrontations with their teenage daughter.

On April 15, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office released information on the charges filed against 50-year-old Marty Small (D), the Mayor of Atlantic City, and his wife, La’Quetta Small, 47, the Atlantic City superintendent of schools.

Both are being charged with second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mr. Small is also facing charges of disorderly persons Simple Assault, third-degree Aggravated Assault, and third-degree Terroristic Threats. Mrs. Small faces additional charges of three counts of disorderly persons Simple Assault.

The charges arose from the alleged emotional and physical abuse of the couple’s now 16-year-old daughter in December 2023 and January 2024. Authorities say both parents physically hit their daughter; her father once used a broom as a weapon, causing the girl to lose consciousness. At one point, he also punched her in the legs hard enough to leave bruises and hit her, slapping the weave from her head. Her mother punched her in the chest hard enough to leave bruises, hit her with a belt, dragged her by her hair, and punched her in the mouth.

Emotional abuse is also alleged due to Mr. Small’s repeated threats to “earth slam” his daughter down some stairs during an argument.

According to the NY Post, the daughter’s boyfriend provided video and photographic evidence to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit. Videos of live chats allegedly show Marty Small choking and berating his daughter.

In late March, the Smalls’ home was searched in what Mr. Small described as “a private family issue.”

If you or a loved one are experiencing any form of domestic violence, please contact the local police department or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. You can also text the word “BEGIN” to 88788.

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