Four children aged 10, 9, 4, and 3 were taken from a Hazleton home in January of 2018 after reported child abuse claims.
Authorities say the home was in filthy squalid condition, with an overpowering odor of cat and dog urine and feces.
Jamal Antonio Williams, 35, and Jennifer Marie Collins, 30, were arrested today and are being arraigned today on the suspected abuse.
The children's doors had barrel locks on the outside, allowing the children to be locked in their rooms authorities state.
The Children were interviewed at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. The investigation revealed that the children were subjected to repeated whippings with leather belts.
The belts left scarring on their bodies.
The children were beaten with plastic clothes hangars which were color coded, each child having an assigned color to be struck with.
The children were burned with cigarettes. One of the children had seven burn scars on their body. Authorities state that while in foster care, the children would ask if they were going to be burned. According to a press release, the three and four year olds would make a sizzling sound as they asked this question.
Additionally, the children were forced to drink hot sauce, one child was denied food when they misbehaved, and in general the children did not receive appropriate medical treatment for their injuries.
2 Counts Felony 2 Strangulation
2 Counts Felony 2 Aggravated Assault
4 Counts Felony 3 Endangering the Welfare Of Children
4 Counts Misdemeanor 1 Simple Assault
1 Count Misdemeanor 2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person
1 Count Felony 3 Intercepting Communications
4 counts Felony 3 Endangering The Welfare Of Children
1 Count Misdemeanor 1 Simple Assault
An arraignment is scheduled for 1pm today.
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