A Las Vegas stepmother of six cried after being sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for failing to stop her husband from torturing her six children and locking them in a dog cage.
Amanda Stamper, 33, told Clark County District Court Judge Nadia Krall on Thursday that she knew she “should have done something sooner.”
“I’m ashamed to be here,” he said. ‘I take full responsibility for it. I was not in the best situation either and I was afraid.”
Stamper, a sex worker and pimp for her husband, Travis Doss, 32, also known as ‘Trap Montana,’ was also accused of grotesquely abusing her children, ages 2 to 11.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department body camera footage shows the children home alone and two of them locked in dog cages during their rescue in June 2023. They were hungry and covered in bruises. 8NewsNow reported.
Amanda Stamper, 33, cried after being sentenced to up to 18 years in prison. In December she pleaded guilty to three felony counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment. A Clark County grand jury previously indicted Stamper on seven counts of felony child abuse and neglect.
One of the children is found locked in a dog cage in the couple’s Las Vegas apartment.
Travis Doss, 31, was indicted by a grand jury on 38 counts of child abuse, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of sex trafficking and one count of living off the earnings of a prostitute.
In December, Stamper pleaded guilty to three felony counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
A Clark County grand jury previously indicted her on seven counts of felony child abuse and neglect.
On Thursday, Clark County Deputy District Attorney Dena Rinetti told the court in gruesome detail of the gruesome acts of the father, who kept one of his children locked in a dog cage for five days, starving and critically ill. malnourished, according to the media. .
“Every day the defendant failed to protect her six stepchildren,” Rinetti said. “His actions and her inactions will affect these children for the rest of their lives.”
Her defense attorney, Ceasar Almase, argued that Stamper was a victim of Doss and requested probation, reiterating that Doss abused her, both physically and mentally.
“It’s very clear that she was not thinking rationally,” Almase said.
Doss was indicted by a grand jury on 38 counts of child abuse, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of sex trafficking and one count of living off the earnings of a prostitute.
Rinetti argued that Stamper had a vehicle to use and had opportunities to leave the house and call police or Child Protective Services if he felt he was in danger.
Authorities found the six children home alone with two dogs wandering around their property.
He cited a particularly gruesome detail when Doss texted Stamper a photo of one of his children who appeared to be dead, claiming that he killed him but that the child survived.
The district attorney spoke further about the gross negligence, saying Stamper only called 911 after learning her spouse was cheating on her.
During the exchange, he had allegedly sent Doss nearly 100 text messages that had gone unanswered, proving that “it was all about her and never about the kids,” Rinetti said.
She also told the court that the children never went to school, so school counselors were unable to monitor them and report the abuse.
It’s unclear how many children Doss and Stamper share, but the couple had a child together in December while both were incarcerated.
On June 11, 2023, the couple was arrested after Stamper told a Walgreens employee that her partner was going to kill her and was abusing her children. The Las Vegas Journal previously reported.
Stamper reportedly told the operator she was “terrified” and asked for police to come to the store.
She told the news outlet during a jailhouse interview that she was a victim of abuse at the hands of Doss, and weeks before her arrest, the physical abuse against her and her stepchildren escalated.
Before their recent arrests, both had criminal records. Doss for aggravated assault in South Carolina and Stamper in connection with drug charges out of Tennessee, authorities said.
Doss’ next court date is scheduled for February 29.