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Elderly Man Arrested For Horrific Assault On Wife Over Incident 50 Years Earlier

A 78-year-old Maryland man has been arrested on felony charges after a shocking attack on his ailing wife. He found out something his wife did 50 years earlier, so he beat her, strangled her, and burned her genitals with a red-hot curling iron.

George Kephart, of Derwood, inserted a hot curling iron into his wife's vagina after he learned she cheated on him once, decades ago. He also tried to strangle her and beat her brutally.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, also 78, suffers from dementia. The two were talking when the husband asked her if it was possible that she’d had an affair with someone back in the 1960’s. Mrs. Kephart decided to finally come clean and confessed that she had indeed been with the other man.

That’s when George Kephart flew off the handle and attacked his wife in a blind rage. The vicious beating was shocking.

A few days later, a part-time home care attendant came on a scheduled shift to help care for Mrs. Kephart. When she found the elderly woman, she was shocked to see bruises all over her body.

She became suspicious that the wife suffered abuse at the hands of her husband. She called the couple's son, and the son called the police on his father.

According to Mrs. Kephart, her husband was always abusive and she's terrified of him. She told police that he regularly 'burns her with fire'. She told the officers in their report that she 'hates him'.

An exam confirmed the abuse. A forensic examination of Mrs. Kephart’s vagina found terrible bruising, burned and torn flesh inside. Her husband had raped her with the curling iron. In addition, there were bruises all over her legs, arms, back, neck and head.

Neighbors weren't surprised by the news. "He is a round, short, little guy who is ready to explode at any moment," said Zide Anani, who lives next door. "I'm surprised he didn't do it earlier because he's really frustrated with the wife. The wife is a very sick woman. She is not moving, she is on oxygen, she needs help to do her regular things in life and the guy is just really fed up."

"Crazy man. He is always enraged, really constantly enraged. Even if you talk to him during a normal conversation, a word can set him off. Nothing surprises me with this guy," Anani added.

Up until the abuse report, George was still working as a bus aide for Montgomery county Public Schools - a position he'd held for 15 years. He tends to children with special needs on the bus. According to a MCPS spokesperson, Mr. Kephart was put on unpaid administrative leave.

Kephart has a court appearance set for September. He’s been charged with a first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault and vulnerable adult abuse. If convicted, he may face life in prison for his crimes.

Source: WJLA
Photos: WJLA Screenshots, _bekahhogue/Wikimedia Generic Photo, 123RF Stock Photo

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