JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A couple has pleaded guilty to child endangering and felonious assault for physically abusing their adopted children and keeping them virtual prisoners in a northeast Ohio home.
The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/1T8PVft ) a 66-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband entered the pleas Monday in Ashtabula County. The Associated Press isn’t naming the couple because the husband initially was charged with sex crimes involving two adopted teen girls. Those charges were dropped in a plea deal.
Their attorneys declined to comment.
Authorities learned of the abuse after the girls picked a lock on their bedroom door and crashed the family’s van in 2013. The girls and a developmentally disabled man were removed from the home.
Prosecutors say the children were malnourished and had been beaten repeatedly with a paddle.
Information from: The Star-Beacon, http://www.starbeacon.com