Trap Montana, a rapper from Las Vegas, has been arrested for beating, starving, and locking his children in cages.
Video and court documents acquired by 8NewsNow shows Las Vegas Metro Police entering Montana’s (real name Travis Doss) home. They spoke with the children, and one child was allegedly beaten so badly that Montana believed the 11-year-old might already be dead.
Another child informed the police that he was forced to share his scraps of food with his five siblings, who said they had not eaten for days.
“He kept saying that he was always hungry, and that’s why he stole. Then he said, ‘It’s food that’s in the trash, so how is that even stealing?'” the detective said, according to a grand jury transcript.
“And he kept saying that he needed big food because he was a big boy now and that he would have to share one large fry from McDonald’s with all six kids. He said he was never really fed, and that’s why he stole,” the cop added.
According to court records obtained by The New York Post, the aspiring rapper was indicted by a grand jury on 40 charges, which include child abuse.
The bodycam footage showed officers entering a small, one-bedroom apartment, where they found six children between the ages of 2 and 11 left alone with two dogs.
Two of the children, aged 11 and 9, were found inside a locked cage typically used for pets. The 11-year-old boy had severely swollen eyes from the beatings and appeared “emaciated” due to starvation.
Trap Montana’s girlfriend, Amanda Stamper, was also arrested and charged with seven counts of child abuse. Allegedly, she worked as a prostitute under the rapper and was the biological mother of the 2-year-old child while also serving as a stepmother to the other children.
The bodycam footage also revealed that the children refused to open the door for the police for approximately 15 minutes because they had been instructed not to do so for strangers. During the initial interaction, one of the kids even denied that anything was wrong, likely due to fear.
When questioned about why he tormented his children, Montana claimed that he had “no choice.”