PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio parents and a grandmother -- who are accused of tying three home-schooled children to their beds, beating them with belts and paddles and depriving them of food -- have been indicted on child endangerment charges.
The indictments were handed down Tuesday. The adults are charged with three counts each of child endangerment.
The Scioto County sheriff's office said it learned about the abuse after one of the girls sent an email for help to a teacher at an online school.
One of the adults is a stepfather from the Virgin Islands, who is also charged with raping two of the children, girls ages 9 and 11.
The sheriff's office said the girls and their eight-year-old brother have scars to match their stories of abuse.
The adults' attorneys have declined to comment or ignored requests for comment.
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