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Caregivers Charged with Abuse of Scioto Co. Children
WHEELERSBURG, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Deputies have arrested three people in connection with several acts of abuse allegedly inflicted on four children inside a Scioto County home.
Deputies arrested Juan Carlos Sanchez, Edwina Louis, and Bobbi Sue Pack after an investigation into allegations of child endangering and rape involving children who lived with the suspects at a Collingswood Avenue home. The children were 11, 9, 8 and under 2 years old.
The investigation was launched after one of the alleged victims sent an email detailing the abuse to a teacher who worked for the children's online school, Ohio Virtual Academy.
The children told investigators the suspects used ropes and chains to tie them to their beds for weeks at a time, only releasing the victims to enable them to complete school work, and rarely providing them with food.
"They had them shackled and chained or bound. They would come out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, and put right back in," Scioto County Sheriff's Captain David Hall said.
The children also claim the suspects would routinely force them to strip naked, at which time they would be beaten with belts and paddles.
Additionally, two children told deputies they were sexually assaulted on several occasions. The victims' bodies displayed scars and bruises that seemingly confirm their claims of abuse, according to investigators.
After searching the suspects' home, authorities charged Pack and Louis with child endangerment. Sanchez faces the same charge, as well as two counts of rape.
Investigators have called off a search for a fourth adult, Leah Dillon, who was sought by detectives for questioning in connection with the case.
The children are being treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the Scioto County Sheriff's Office at 740-351-1091.