Updated Thu, Feb 20, 2014 7:09 am
UPDATE: Three people indicted in a child abuse case out of Wheelersburg, Ohio have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, after being indicted on Tuesday.
Juan Sanchez, 44, Edwina Louis, 52, and Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, were arrested earlier this month.
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says several children lived in the home with the three suspects.
They say the children had been tied with ropes and chains to their beds for weeks at a time, sometimes longer, and were only untied to do school work on the computer.
They also said they were forced to get naked and were beaten with belts and paddles.
The children had marks and scars on their bodies matching the reported abuse, according to Sheriff Marty Donini.
Investigators say they were alerted to the alleged abuse after one of the children sent an email to her online instructor, letting the teacher know the kids needed help and to call 911
Tuesday, a Scioto County grand jury indicted Sanchez on two counts of rape, and three counts of child endangerment.
Pack and Louis were each indicted on three counts of counts of child endangerment.
Bond for Sanchez, who is the children's stepfather, remained at $1 million bond during the hearing before Judge William Marshall.
Pack, who is the children's mother, and Louis, the children’s grandmother, had their bond set at $500,000 cash.
All three remain in the Scioto County Jail and will be back in court on March 7.
This update provided by WSAZ.com
Two Ohio parents and a grandmother have been indicted after authorities say they tied three home-schooled children to their beds for weeks at a time, beat their naked bodies with belts and paddles, and deprived them of food.
The indictments were handed down Tuesday in Scioto County Common Pleas Court in southern Ohio.
The adults are charged with three counts each of child endangerment. The 44-year-old stepfather also was charged with two counts of raping the two oldest girls in the home, ages nine and 11.
The Associated Press is not naming the suspects to protect the children's identities.
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says they learned about the alleged abuse after one of the girls sent an email for help to a teacher at the children's online school.