Fugitive cult leader arrested for child's torture, murder

MARIETTA, Ga. – She was known as “Mother Anna” but the charges against her are anything but motherly.

Former cult leader, 75-year-old Anna Elizabeth Young, who police say ran a religious boarding school in Alachua County, Fla., 25 years ago, was arrested in Cobb County, Ga., where she had been living on the run after she allegedly killed a young boy, and where she was convicted of torturing a girl.

In 1992, she bathed a 12-year-old girl in a steel bathtub with chemicals, causing chemical burns, the Alachua Colunty Sheriff's Office public information officer, Art Forgey said.

Then, Young fled from Florida the first time and wasn't located until nine years later. She was found hiding out in an attic at a relative’s house in Illinois in 2001, where she was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

She was extradited back to Florida, where she was convicted and served time for the abuse.

In January 2017, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Florida developed new information during an investigation indicating that Young had not only tortured children in her boarding school between March 1988 and June 1992, but had committed premeditated first-degree homicide-murder of a child.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation detailed that Young starved the children, tortured, maliciously punished, unlawfully caged and willfully committing child abuse--which led to the boy’s death between 1988-89.

A grand jury recently indicted her for his death, with the charge of first-degree murder, Forgey said. 

However, Young was no longer living in Florida. But her last known whereabouts were Georgia.  

After securing an arrest warrant, the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force was requested to find and apprehend Young on the outstanding murder warrant.

The Fugitive Task Force, along with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, located Young at 174 Bridgestone Dr., in Marietta, Ga., where she had been living under her husband’s last name, Anderson. Her Cobb County home, front yard and stoop were adorned with nearly two dozen holiday-, Jesus- and religious-related signs, like: “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “Every day is a blessing.”

The fugitive task forces conducted surveillance at her home and on Nov. 30 they made contact with Young-Anderson at her home and took her into custody without incident.

Powell, her neighbor who did not want to give his last name, said the idea of her living so close is horrifying and infuriating.

“I’m a little pissed off about her situation because it took him 10 years to find her,” the father of three young children said. “There’s going to be bad people wherever you go, but we have police officers that are supposed to make us feel protected.”

The thought of someone hurting a child, he continued, is unfathomable.

“You try to look for the good in people, but it’s kind of hard nowadays because it seems like everybody’s looking out for No. 1,” Powell said. ”I just don’t know where you could even get that mindset to do that to a child, let alone another human being.”

She was booked into the Cobb County Jail, and a Fugitive from Justice Warrant was secured for the Florida charges.

Young-Anderson was taken into custody by the US Marshall Service in Atlanta. She waived extradition and will return to Florida. 

© 2017 WXIA-TV


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