Mayor, Wife Face Child Abuse Charges

( – The Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has been charged with abusing his teenage daughter. Marty Small and his wife have allegedly used physical violence against their daughter for months, including knocking her unconscious and beating her.

police press release claimed that the 50-year-old Mayor and his 47-year-old wife, La’Quetta, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Additionally, police charged Mr. Small with making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, and simple assault.

The press release states that during December 2023 and January 2024, the Smalls physically and emotionally abused their 15-year-old daughter on “multiple occasions.” In one incident, the girl’s father allegedly beat her over the head with a broom so severely that she lost consciousness. Mr. Small furthermore allegedly threw his daughter to the ground repeatedly and hit and punched her, causing bruising.

Mrs. Small is alleged to have punched her daughter in the face and beat her with a belt so severely that it left marks on the girl’s skin.

Police raided the family home on April 2, in what the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office described as a “private family issue” and “not a crime.”

The Mayor later held a press conference saying he had “nothing to hide,” but he refused to provide any detail on why the police had searched the home he shares with his wife, two children, and mother-in-law. While providing sparse information, Mr. Small repeatedly emphasized that he did not steal any money and was not under investigation for corruption or any wrongdoing related to his political life.

Briefly addressing “rumors” that the police action was connected to his daughter, including one that suggested the girl was pregnant, Small denied the claim but noted how difficult it is to parent teenagers. Likewise, he denied rumors about firearms and drugs, insisting that neither were kept in the Small family home.

Mayor Small, a Democrat, was elected in 2019, and La’Quetta Small is Atlantic City’s public school system superintendent.

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