2 children by Albert and Nancy Cusson

A 13-year-old boy was tortured, beaten, and starved by his grandfather, Albert Cusson, and Cusson’s wife Nancy. A 9-year-old girl who lived with the family was also tortured.

The boy was homeschooled. As punishment for poor performance on his schoolwork, he was forced to kneel in a stress position for 10 days straight and was beaten if he moved. The Cussons made him sleep in a bathtub and fed him only protein shakes. The girl had also received this punishment.

The abuse came to light when the boy ran away and reported it to a neighbor. The Cussons were charged with aggravated child abuse.

Date: March 7, 2012
Lakeland, Florida


Documents: Date:
Detectives: Polk couple made 13-year-old boy kneel for 10 days straight, sleep in tub 03-08-2012
Deputies arrest couple for child abuse, say they forced boy to kneel for days 03-08-2012
Cops: Boy flees after couple forces him to kneel 9 hours a day for 10 days 03-09-2012