Akha farm owners arrested last week

DALLAS — The owners of the Akha Farm in Falls City, Matthew McDaniel and Michu Uaiyue, were arrested last week on assault, mistreatment, and sexual abuse charges involving a teen girl.

McDaniel has been charged in two cases. One with charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment and fourth-degree assault stemming from an incident that occurred in December 2016, during which he is accused of causing injury to “a dependent person,” according to court documents.

The girl was 15 at the time and said McDaniel “had thrown her against a car … causing extreme pain in her back,” according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the case.



McDaniel is charged with first-degree sexual abuse involving the same girl in a different case. The charges are the result of an account the girl gave to police earlier this month during a child abuse assessment at Liberty House.



Uaiyue is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and two counts of second-degree assault. The charges also involved the same juvenile female. Court documents say the girl disclosed during the Liberty House assessment that Uaiyue had been abusing her since January of 2015. The incidents included burning her with melted plastic, cutting her with a knife and leaving her tied up for days, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the case.

The girl said during the assessment that Uaiyue forced her recant her description of McDaniel pushing her into a car in December 2016, resulting in the case being dismissed last year. She said in the Liberty House assessment that her initial statement was true, and she only recanted because Uaiyue threatened to cut off her hair one inch at a time until she finished writing a letter taking back her account.

Uaiyue and McDaniel were arrested on Dec. 7. McDaniel was released from Polk County Jail on Dec. 8 with an order not to contact the victim. Uaiyue remains in custody on $180,000 and was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday. McDaniel’s next appearance is Thursday.

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