3 People Arrested For Chaining Children To Beds For Weeks After Child Emails Online School For Help
Three people in Scioto County are being accused of chaining children to beds for weeks at a time, rarely giving them food, and beating them with belts and paddles.
Sheriff Mary Donini says the investigation started when one of the children emailed a teacher at an online school and asked her to call 911.
A deputy and representatives from children's services then responded to a location on Collingswood Avenue in Wheelersburg on January 30. Four children were removed from the home.
During interviews, the children told officials that they had been tied with ropes and chains and only allowed up to do school work on the computer. They said they were hungry since they did not always get food. They also told deputies that they were beaten with belts and paddles while naked. Two of the children, ages 9 and 11, also told deputies that they were sexually assaulted.
Medical officials confirmed that there were marks and scars on all of the children's bodies. The children were transported to Cincinnati and then moved to Nationwide Children's Hospital for treatment.
Three people are currently facing charges in the case.
Juan Carlos Sanchez, 44, was charged with three counts of Child Endangerment and two counts of rape. Sanchez is from the Virgin Islands and was staying in the residence. He's being held on a $1 million bond.
Edwina Louis, 52, is the grandmother of the children. She was arrested and charged with three counts of Child Endangerment. The children's mother, Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, is also charged with three counts of Child Endangerment. They are both being held on $150,000 bonds.
All three are scheduled to appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Detectives said on Wednesday that they were also looking for another female who fled the residence. Her name is Leah Dillon, 24. On Thursday, officials confirmed that they had made contact with Dillon.
Anyone with any information concerning these crimes is being requested to contact the Sheriff's Office at 740-351-1091.
The Ohio Virtual Academy released the following statement:
"I am proud of this teacher and all our staff at Ohio Virtual Academy. We care deeply about the welfare and needs of all our students. Our teachers are extraordinarily dedicated, highly trained, and have special relationships with their students." - Kristen Stewart, Ohio Virtual Academy.