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Atlantic City Mayor And School Superintendent Charged With Abusing And Assaulting Their Teenage Daughter

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Updated Apr 16, 2024, 12:36pm EDT

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The mayor of Atlantic City will face aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other charges in New Jersey after he and his wife were both accused of physically and emotionally abusing their teenage daughter, one month after their home was searched in an investigation by state child welfare authorities.

Key Facts

Mayor Marty Small and his wife, La’Quetta Small, were charged on Monday by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and will be summoned to court at a later date to face the charges.

The pair allegedly abused their daughter "on multiple occasions” in December 2023 and January 2024, including one incident that saw Marty Small, 50, hit his daughter in the head with a broom until she passed out.

Marty Small is also accused of repeatedly threatening to hurt the teenager by “earth slamming” her down the stairs and threatening to “smack the weave out of her head,” the prosecutor's office said.

La’Quetta Small, who is also the superintendent of Atlantic City Public Schools, is accused of punching her daughter, hitting her with a belt and dragging her by her hair, according to an investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit.

Marty Small is charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, making terroristic threats, aggravated assault and simple assault; La’Quetta Small is charged with three counts of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Small's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, said in a statement to Forbes on Tuesday the searches of the family's home and cars were "a misguided attempt to micro manage very private and personal family matters" and that the Atlantic County Prosecutor is "basically attempting to second guess parental decisions of Mayor Small and his wide LaQuetta."

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"Mayor Marty Small remains the mayor in the city of Atlantic City and will continue to faithfully perform all of his duties as mayor," Jacobs said. "And he and his wife LAQuetta and their two children remain a close and loving and intact family. Mayor Small and Superintendent LaQuetta Small are completely innocent of any wrongdoing and will ultimately be vindicated."

Key Background

Marty Small served as a city councilor in Atlantic City for 15 years before taking over the office of Frank Gilliam following the former mayor's resignation and guilty plea for wire fraud in 2019. Two years earlier, Small lost the Democratic primary for Atlantic City mayor to Gilliam, who had been in the office since 1981. Small is a lifelong Atlantic City resident and married with two children. Earlier in April, Marty Small hosted a news conference at city hall, the Associated Press reported, where he said a March search of his home was related to a dispute with state child welfare authorities. He called the search part of a "private family issue," adding that his family had nothing to hide and that they were "going through family therapy." His wife and children were at the press conference.

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