A New Fairfield mother accused of brutally abusing her five daughters is due in Danbury Superior Court again on Monday morning.
Alexandra Aucapina, 27, is accused of beating her children with a belt, burning their hands on the stove and punishing them by plunging their heads under water, according to police. Her daughters, ages 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9, also told police that a bloody electrical wire officers found in a closet was used to bind their hands and feet.
One of her daughters told a classmate about the abuse and the friend's father reported the story to a teacher. The teacher alerted the state Department of Children and Families upon hearing the report. Police began investigating in February.
Nearby residents were shocked about the news.
"All the people here and all the people are very nice. I saw the kids many times when we come back to home, but we don't see any, any," Claudia Correas, of New Fairfield, said.
The children were removed from the home and are in prtective custody.
Aucapina is facing five counts of risk of injury to a minor, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint and cruelty to a child.