Atlantic City mayor and his wife are charged with abusing their 16-year-old daughter just days after dragging her out at humiliating press conference to deny claims he beat her so bad she miscarried

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Marty Small Sr and his wife La’Quetta Small, the superintendent of the Atlantic City Public School System, are accused of abusing their teen daughter 
  • The Atlantic City mayor allegedly knocked his daughter unconscious with a broom and threatened to ‘earth slam’ her down the stairs 
  • Weeks before charges were brought, Small hauled his daughter out for a press conference to deny beating her or that she was pregnant via a ‘drug dealer’  

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. and his wife have been charged with viciously beating their teenage daughter in an argument over her dating life – two weeks after dragging her in front of cameras to deny rumors about the crimes. 

The Democrat, 50, and his wife La’Quetta Small, the superintendent of the Atlantic City Public School System, are accused of abusing their daughter on numerous occasions after she refused to stop seeing a boy she was dating. 

According to reported charging documents, they carried out a barrage of abuse from December 2023 to January 2024, including beating her unconscious with a broom, threatening to ‘earth slam’ her down stairs, striking her with a belt, and punching her in the mouth. 

But weeks before charges were brought, Small held a bizarre, foul-mouthed press conference in response to his home being raided by cops, where he insisted his daughter was not pregnant with twins via a drug dealer, and stressed he had ‘nothing to hide.’ 

With his daughter stood awkwardly beside him, he listed off a string of denials, some of which he has since been charged with by Atlantic City prosecutors. 

Among the claims, he denied that his she ‘was pregnant with twins, and I beat the s*** out of her so bad that I killed the babies, and I’m gonna be charged with double murder.’

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr (center), 50, and his wife have been charged with abusing their teenage daughter in a row over her dating life 

The Democrat mayor and his wife La'Quetta Small, the superintendent of the Atlantic City Public School System (pictured together), are accused of beating their teen daughter with a broom, punching her in the face and pulling her hair

The Democrat mayor and his wife La’Quetta Small, the superintendent of the Atlantic City Public School System (pictured together), are accused of beating their teen daughter with a broom, punching her in the face and pulling her hair 

At the press conference, Small directly denied claims he abused his daughter, as he instead said any allegations were fueled by ‘political and racial’ motivations. 

‘We don’t have City of Atlantic City money in our house. I didn’t steal anything,’ he said in the press conference. ‘No, we don’t have drugs in our house. And we don’t have guns.’ 

‘First of all, let me confirm an undisputed fact: My daughter is not pregnant,’ he continued. ‘My daughter has never been pregnant.’

Addressing rumors that Small said came from an Atlantic City police officer, the mayor doubled up his denials that his ‘daughter got knocked up by a drug dealer in Stanley Homes village – false.’ 

‘My wife beat the bleep out of her, while my son recorded the whole thing, and I just stood there – false,’ he said. 

Small also addressed what he referred to as ‘the most egregious’ of the rumors – that his ‘daughter was pregnant with twins, and I beat the s*** out of her so bad that I killed the babies, and I’m gonna be charged with double murder.’

‘Now, would you be able to handle this like I’m handling it?’ he concluded. 

Small’s daughter did not speak at the press conference, which was opened by a reverend quoting Martin Luther King Jr.  

Both parents have been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and Marty Small is also charged with third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree aggravated assault and disorderly persons simple assault. 

After charges were brought, Smalls took to social media to share a close-up selfie, with several hashtags including #unbothered, and #2sides

After charges were brought, Smalls took to social media to share a close-up selfie, with several hashtags including #unbothered, and #2sides

Both parents have been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and Marty Small is also charged with third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree aggravated assault and disorderly persons simple assault

Both parents have been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and Marty Small is also charged with third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree aggravated assault and disorderly persons simple assault

La’Quetta is also charged with disorderly persons simple assault, and Atlantic City High School principal Constance Days-Chapman – a reported close friend of the mayor and his wife – is also facing charges. 

Days-Chapman is accused of failing to notify authorities when the teen told her she was being ’emotionally and physically abused’ by her parents. 

After charges were brought, Smalls took to social media to share a close-up selfie, with several hashtags including #unbothered, and #2sides. 

According to a criminal complaint reported by NBC10, the search of Smalls’ home – and subsequent charges – were triggered by the mayor’s daughter telling a school staffer about the alleged abuse.

In January, Students at Atlantic City High School were receiving mental health training, and were asked to circle faces on a ticket indicating if they were happy, neutral or sad. 

Small’s daughter reportedly wrote the word ‘abuse’ on the back of a neutral ticket, and asked to speak to a counselor. 

She then told a mental health trainer that she had been knocked out with a broom, and described her father as a ‘big guy’, the complaint said. She added that she had previously told Principal Days-Chapman. 

Small Sr pictured with his wife La'Quetta, son and daughter

Small Sr pictured with his wife La’Quetta, son and daughter  

The mayor's home (pictured) was raided on March 28. He lives at the home with his wife, two children and mother- in-law

The mayor’s home (pictured) was raided on March 28. He lives at the home with his wife, two children and mother- in-law 

Atlantic City High School principal Constance Days-Chapman - a reported close friend of the mayor and his wife - is also facing charges after she allegedly failed to report the abuse to authorities when it was raised by school staff

Atlantic City High School principal Constance Days-Chapman – a reported close friend of the mayor and his wife – is also facing charges after she allegedly failed to report the abuse to authorities when it was raised by school staff  

Days-Chapman claimed to have not been told before, but told the advisor that she would report the alleged abuse to the Department of Child Protection & Permanency. 

The teen also reportedly told a therapist that same day about the abuse throughout December and January, and cops said that she told the therapist: ‘I was really stressed, I was crying a lot, I wasn’t mentally stable, I wasn’t comfortable around them, I just didn’t feel safe.’ 

When contacted by the therapist, La’Quetta reportedly said that her daughter was struggling with personal issues due to a ‘young man’ that her parents didn’t approve of. 

According to the criminal complaint, she endured two months of abuse over refusing to stop the relationship, including having her legs repeatedly punched by her father, causing bruising. 

La’Quetta allegedly punched her daughter multiple times in the chest, also causing bruising, and also dragging her by her hear and striking her with a belt. 

She is also accused of punching her daughter in the mouth during one incident. 

Mayor Small denied the claims against him, and insisted it was a 'private family issue'

Mayor Small denied the claims against him, and insisted it was a ‘private family issue’ 

Small (pictured with rapper Snoop Dogg) has served as mayor of Atlantic City since 2019

Small (pictured with rapper Snoop Dogg) has served as mayor of Atlantic City since 2019 

When the alleged abuse was reported to the NJ Department of Children and Families, it was allegedly noted that it should have already been reported and the meeting was just following up. 

This reportedly led the department to claim that no one from the school ever notified them, the criminal complaint said, leading them to notify the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. 

An interview with the DCP&P, with Small, his wife, daughter and son all present, saw the children deny the abuse with their parents present, NBC10 reported. 

Smalls’ daughter allegedly said she was angry with her parents over the relationship and claimed to have made up the abuse allegations. 

However, when investigators met her boyfriend, he claimed that she would repeatedly describe incidents when her parents abused her, and included video footage from his cellphone with evidence, the complaint said. 

The boy’s mother also reportedly told officers that he had raised the issue with her before. Investigators also found several others, including her cousin who worked at the school and a therapist, who said she had reported abuse to them in recent months. 

On March 28, cops carried out a search of Small’s home, which recovered a letter reading: ‘Honestly, I’m going for peace, I keep disappointing you all, I’m just going to go. Must hate me for not being perfect. 

‘Getting called dumb, crazy, mental and sick hurts but that’s okay, I guess I’m the biggest disappointment for defending myself.’ 

Small pictured with at his swearing-in ceremony in October 2019 with his daughter

Small pictured with at his swearing-in ceremony in October 2019 with his daughter 

The search triggered the bizarre press conference from the mayor, before charges were brought, where he stressed that the search of his home and vehicles was a ‘private family issue.’ 

The press conference, where his daughter was in attendance, saw a string of denials around rumors circulating about the case, including allegations that he ‘beat the s***’ out of his daughter that prosecutors now claim did happen. 

He also implied that law enforcement officials were targeting his office for political reasons and that the media should connect the dots.

However, Smalls’ lawyer said at the end of the conference they were not alleging that the search of the mayor’s home was politically motivated, but they were ‘not ruling anything out,’ as per a report.

Following the charges, the mayor’s attorney Ed Jacobs told NBC10: ‘The charges filed by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office today make no claims of public corruption or misconduct in office or any failure by Mayor Small, to properly discharge his responsibilities as the mayor of Atlantic City.

‘On the contrary, they focus only on personal, private family matters.’ 

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.  

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