Woman Charged for Forcing Girl to Eat Cat Litter, Sewing Teen's Mouth

A Pennsylvania woman was ordered to stand trial on charges she forced her adopted daughter to eat cat litter and started to sew the girl's mouth shut.

Forty-six-year-old Rana Cooper told reporters she is "a very good mother" after Thursday's preliminary hearing.

Immediately after the hearing, her 51-year-old husband, Richard Cooper, was arraigned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities said he didn't stop the abuse. Online court records don't list an attorney for him and no one answered the family's phone Friday.

The girl, now 16, testified she was abused because her mother considered her "embarrassing to the family," which has seven sons.

The girl said she suffered other abuse, including that her mother tried to sew the girl's mouth but stopped at one jab of the needle.

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