CINCINNATI (AP) — Two Ohio parents and a grandmother have been arrested on child abuse charges 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 44-year-old man arrested in the case also is charged with raping his two stepdaughters, ages 9 and 11, and abusing their 8-year-old brother.
He was the father of only one child in the Wheelersburg home, a 2-year-old girl.
The Associated Press is not naming the suspects to protect the children’s identities.
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in southern Ohio says they learned about the alleged abuse after one of the older girls sent an email for help to a teacher at the children’s online school.