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Girl tells police: Mom ‘cooks me in oven’
Detroit News:

Hamtramck woman calls police herself, is charged with torturing kids, 4 and 5 years old.

HAMTRAMCK—The license plate in the window of the family Cadillac reads “Best Dad.” But a 4-year-old girl told police Mom wasn’t nearly so kind.  

“Mom cooks me like a turkey in the oven,” she told police.  

Hamtramck cops stumbled onto the graphic allegations of burnings, beatings and torture after the girl’s mother phoned police Jan. 23 and confessed to “harming her children,” Detective Ben Bielecki said Thursday.  

The allegations belied outside appearances of a happy family, shocking neighbors of the family whose front picture window is adorned with the sign “1 God.”  

“They were new to the neighborhood,” said Deandre Martin, 28, who lives next door to the white, two-story home near Holbrook. “I didn’t realize what was going on. It’s horrific. I’m just happy the kids are alive.”  

Reyna Valentino, 40, a mother of five, faces life in prison on allegations that she burned her 4-year-old daughter in an oven, used a hot nail or screwdriver to singe her eyelids and beat her 5-year-old daughter’s leg with a pry bar.
She was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of first-degree child abuse and torture in 31st District Court.  

The 4-year-old gave her account to investigators.
“She said, ‘Her heart is hurt and broke because momma doesn’t love me anymore,‘ ” Bielecki read from the report.  

“Mom cooks me like a turkey in the oven. I felt fire. It burned my back,‘ ” he read. “ ‘She hurts me with a screwdriver all the time.‘ ”  

Police said Valentino’s husband, Randy, wasn’t home and there’s no evidence that he abused their children.
After the incident, Valentino called police about 3 p.m. to come get her.
“She said she is harming her family,” Bielecki said. “It’s extreme. It’s an awful thing that’s happened. I just hope she doesn’t get custody of the kids—ever.”  

The couple has three other children, two boys believed to be 7 and 8 years old and an infant who is about 8 months, Bielecki said.
All five children are in foster care and doing well, he said. Martin said police removed them from the house about a week ago.  

Martin said the family moved in during the fall. He never saw Valentino but said her children were always smiling, laughing and seemingly healthy.  

Valentino spent more than a week undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Detroit Receiving Hospital after the incident.
She’s now being housed in the Wayne County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on Thursday. Social Services officials are assessing her mental condition, police said.  

Valentino will have a court-appointed lawyer next week, court officials said.  

I read news papers from all over the US..I see stuff like this and I just see “RED” Why can’t these screwed up sick O’s just give them up for adoption...It breaks my heart...

This is the so called “Mother”



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • Un-freakin-believeable. Exactly, Rene, there are so many loving homes, if you can’t handle it, please let someone adopt them.  

      This woman looks mentally unstable, though. It appears she’s been ripping out her hair. How could the husband not know? Please.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • Oh MY Gosh! Oh My Gosh! Thank God those kids are alive, but the scars they will have, OH MY GOSH!!! My heart is breaking!!!



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      Inakika wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • All I can say is they should make sure to put her with the general prison population. Those women in there will make her real sorry for hurting those babies! What a f***** nut!



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      Jenz ~ wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • An eye for an eye damn it.
      I only got through 1/2 of that. Couldn’t read the rest. And anything else I say about that bitch in here will likely get me kicked out of fab40. Oh my GOD!!!! I’m nauseous.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • I just can’t understand the sick demented behaviour of some people. I am so thankful the children are alive. I have to agree that I hope she never ever gets custody of them. At least she was aware enough of reality to call the police. YOu have to ask WHY? But then, there is no excuse!



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      Jomi wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • How unbelievable!  I don’t understand why these people even have children!
      I hope that wherever these poor children end up that they are together.
      This is just disgusting!



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      Coachmombabe wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • No, no excuse! Get the help you need if you want to hurt your kids!!! Everyone should know that is not normal!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • Poor children, they need to get her and put her in an oven, OH thats right she will burn in hell for this one messin’ with God’s precious gifts.



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      Darla5 wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • This is sick.... She is out of control... But, I am asking what the heck is Dad doing? DId he honestly never have a hint that this was going on ?? Why did the children not feel comfortable with telling Dad?

      There is a piece missing!!!

      THank God the children are alive!!



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      Mztracy wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • really, how did dad not know??!! Those types of injuries would be noticeable!!

      Those poor babies!!!



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      Darla5 wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • THat is what I am saying Tracy. There is more to this story!!!



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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • Un freaking believable!!!!

      Sicko’s!!! This woman needs to be burnt at the stake!

      I just don’t get it!  Never will understand how a mother could do anything that drastic to harm their own!



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • Disgusting.... and I agree with darla... where the hell is the father.... he has to see burn marks... and if he doesn’t he needs parenting classes.... I think the kids should stay in foster care...

      I find this sort of thing very upsetting.



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      Owlmaria wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • I can’t say much here on this, but I’ll be praying for those children.



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      Rena Bennefield wrote Feb 6, 2009
    • I can't believe the "Dad" was not aware of this..Give me a break..I was crying by the time I finished reading it..I am sorry if I up set anyone..I just can't understand why no one knew..There were older children there..They had to be in school..I don't know maybe they were too scared to say anything..Then I read further down and there was an 8 month old..God only knows what she has done to it..The poor infant can't tell you where it hurts..She needs to be in general population in jail..Those lifers are in there for robbery and murder, ones who will never get out..They will make her pay every day..They don't care if they kill her..What another life sentence..And yes she will answer to God...Those are his Babies..He only lends them to us....



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      Anonymous wrote Sep 21, 2010
    • This woman is more than just horrible. But i agree that the dad had to of known something wasnt right. And to put the child in the oven like a turkey? im wondering like how long did she try and cook her must of been just long enough to burn her but not so long to have made 3rd degree burns but still its so sick!! and to think she took the time to put that child in the oven. And dad had to have noticed the burn on her back. He had to have seen the craziness in this woman. I mean when you live in the same house with someone you would notice things and notice her actions. I wonder why someone would do such a thing. I am also wondering how long the abuse went on and did she abuse all of the children. Im am ever so happy the kids are alright though. But yeah they will be mentally scarred for life. But atleast they are safe now. And this woman called the police on herself.?? Thank God for that atleast she was enough sain to turn herself in.......before she killed them all. She definitely must have mental problems but she knew she was doing wrong to begin with she should of went for help soon as she had the thoughts of doing such horrible things. I didnt exactly understand what she done to the 5 yr olds eyelids can someone explain that to me? I feel guilty if i dont get supper on time Jesus.........how could anyone do these kind of things, and yes the mother will burn too for what she done.



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      Anonymous wrote Sep 21, 2010
    • Maybe she was even a religious freak they said they had a front picture window is adorned with the sign “1 God. and maybe she would flip out and say this was their punishment for being ungodly somehow in her eyes.....or then again the sign could of been a big cover up uh? who knows....but if the mother knew to call the police and turn herself in she knew from the beginning what she was doing. Maybe she thought she could get herself back in control of being normal, but yet didn’t seek any professional help. And when the little girl made the statement “moma doesn’t love me anymore” sounds like the mother wasn’t always an abuser. Maybe she snapped....but this woman will always have to live knowing what horrible things she done....and the things the police do know surely isn’t all the things she done. Im sure they was more they just don’t know about. Atleast she turned herself in. But that father had to have known something was wrong in that house!! He would have to have seen the signs something was wrong with his wife. And seen something was out of the normal with the children. And to have only abused 2 out of 5 that is odd. Maybe because they wasn’t at school like the 2 older children but if that is the case she probably done something to the infant. She is a sick woman.



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