Wheelersburg, OH – A mother, stepfather and grandmother are in custody, accused of holding four young children prisoner in their southern Ohio home, binding them with ropes and chains, and torturing them both physically and sexually.
The Scioto County Sheriff’s department first learned about the abuse allegations on Jan. 30th, when a teacher at an online learning school said one of the girls emailed her and asked her to call 911. The victims all lived in the home together and were being home schooled via computer, authorities said.
That same computer enabled an 11-year-old girl to reach out for help via email, claiming she and her siblings were being held prisoner in their home and were being tortured. A Sheriff’s deputy, accompanied by county children’s services, went to the home and interviewed the siblings, and evidence of the alleged abuse was apparent.
“The children stated that they 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,” the sheriff’s department said. The children said they were naked when they were smacked with belts and paddles, and were often deprived of food. The 9- and 11-year-old also said they were sexually abused by their stepfather, 44-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez.
“There was evidence of what the kids said had happened to them,” said Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall. “The poor little bodies of the children have evidence of what they are claiming. And there was evidence to support what they were saying about being tied up at the house.”
Police arrested the mother and grandmother of the children, 31-year-old Bobbi Sue Pack and 52-year-old Edwina Louis, charging them both with three counts of felony child endangerment. They are each being held on $150,000 bond. Sanchez got the same charges, along with two charges of rape. He’s being held on a $1 million bond.
Detectives are also looking for 24-year-old Leah Dillon, who they say fled the residence after Children Services showed up. Detectives were given information that this female could be in the Pike County area and are requesting anybody with information on her whereabouts to please call police. It was unclear whether Dillon is also a relative.
Hall said the children are safe and in the care of a Foster family.Tags: Bobbi Sue Pack, Child Abuse, Child Endangerment, Crime, Edwina Louis, Juan Sanchez, Ohio, Rape, Torture