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article imageOhio horror: 3 adults arrested for severe abuse of 3 children

By Anne Sewell     Feb 13, 2014 in Crime
Wheelersburg - A 31-year-old mother, along with her own mother (52) and her boyfriend (44), have been arrested for the alleged extreme abuse of three children in their care. The child endangerment charges included beating, starvation and rape.
The children include two girls, aged nine and eleven, as well as an eight-year-old boy. There was a fourth child, a two-year-old girl, but reportedly the child endangerment charges did not relate to her.
The three children were allegedly chained to their beds for the majority of the time and were systematically beaten, starved and raped on a regular basis. They were apparently only released to attend their online school and to do their homework. They were only fed occasionally and were beaten if they attempted to steal food. Reportedly the refrigerator and food cupboards in the house were kept locked.
It was because of their online schooling at the Ohio Virtual Academy that they have finally managed to escape the abuse. The oldest girl, having apparently had enough of the horrific abuse, decided to email her teacher to ask her to report the abuse to the police. The teacher immediately dialed 911.
When investigators arrived at the home, which has since been dubbed a "house of horrors", they discovered ropes, chains and paddles, which had apparently been used to both restrain and beat the children.
All three children have many marks and scars over their entire bodies, going to prove the abuse they received.
After their arrest, the mother, Bobbi Sue Pack, and grandmother, Edwina Louis, have each been charged with three counts of child endangerment. Juan Carlos Sanchez, Pack’s boyfriend, who is apparently a citizen of the Virgin Islands, also faces three counts of child endangerment, along with two additional counts of rape.
According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s spokesman it was a “once-in-a-lifetime, a once-in-a-career case." He added that it was “horrific, emotional and awful” for all involved.
When speaking of the children, however, he said, “But those kids? They are so brave, and they would just warm your heart if you could see them. Thank God for their good little spirits."
The children have now been removed to a place of safety, and Dr. Lorra Fuller, director of the County Children Services, told the media, "We know these kids have had significant trauma," adding, "We got the emergency order to remove them, and now they are safe. That’s the most important thing."
Pack and Louis are being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond, while Sanchez is held in lieu of $1 million. There is a fourth adult under investigation, however. 24-year-old Leah Dillon reportedly left the house as the child welfare officials arrived.
The grandmother of the children, Louis, denies abusing the children. She told WSAZ, "They're accusing me of tying up my grandkids, not feeding them."
"They accused me of biting my grandkids. I got no teeth. I hit with my hand and I ain't got much strength as it is," she added, saying that she was trying to get the children out of the house. She said two of the children told her Sanchez “did bad things” to them.
When neighbors were interviewed they said that the family had always been very quiet and they were surprised to hear the news, especially as some thought there were only two small children living there.
One neighbor, Jill Bays, said, "I just can't believe that was going on in that house."
"I only saw two little kids. I never knew older kids were there. I thought it was just babies."
Pack, Louis and Sanchez are set to be back in court on February 20 and investigators expect to lay more charges in the matter.
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