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Ozone Park Woman Found Guilty of Beating and Starving Her Stepdaughter

By Peter Duffy | July 29, 2016 7:04pm
 Sheetal Ranot was found guilty of abusing her stepdaughter on July 29, 2016.
Sheetal Ranot was found guilty of abusing her stepdaughter on July 29, 2016.
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QUEENS — An Ozone Park woman faces up to 25 years in prison after being convicted for the brutal abuse of her stepdaughter, beating her so severely that she had to be taken to the hospital three times.

Sheetal Ranot, 35, was found guilty Friday afternoon of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child after a day of deliberations by a Queens County jury.

"No child deserves to be treated this way," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Between Dec. 1, 2012 and May 6, 2014, Ranot conducted a campaign of terror against her stepdaughter, Maya Ranot, who was 10 years old when the abuse began. 

The girl was struck repeatedly about the head and face, locked in her bedroom and denied food and water for extended periods of time.

On April 16, 2014, Ranot hit her stepdaughter in the face with a rolling pin, which required treatment from a local hospital.

Doctors observed the girl weighted just 58 pounds.

A month later, Ranot attacked the child with a broken metal broom handle on May 6, 2014. When medical personnel arrived at the family's 96th Street home, they found the youngster lying in a pool of blood. 

The tendons in her left wrist had been cut to the bone and she underwent surgery at Elmhurst hospital for her injuries.

The three-week trial was presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter.

Ranot is due to be sentenced in September.

The victim's father, Rajesh Ranot, was also charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. He is set to be tried at a later date, according to the DA's office.