The abuse came to light after the wife of 44-year-old Joseph Myhre was admitted to the hospital with a broken skull. During their investigation into the injury, police interviewed the couple’s two home-schooled children… and man, did they have a story to tell.
According to Myhre’s 11-year-old daughter, she had been abused by her father since she was around 5-years-old. The abuse consisted of being hit with sticks or PVC pipes, strangulation, having her head beat on the ground until she entered a “dream state,” having her fingers squeezed with pliers, needles stuck in her fingers and toes, and being for shocked with a dog shock collar.
Her 13-year-old brother echoed the same thing, claiming he was kicked in the stomach, hit on his feet with a stick until he bled, and had a dog shock collar used on his stomach and legs. “He would also bang my head against the wall or floor sometimes. It was so severe one time, I needed stitches,” he said.
According to charging documents, the children slept in wooden boxes with a small opening and vents to let in air. There are reportedly white boards in the home with “threatening and manipulative” messages written on them.
Police say they have some audio on a phone that backs up their claims. It lasts 53 minutes and contains a male voice calmly talking while children can be heard screaming in pain. The male voice is can be heard saying “You can blame your mom for this.”
When questioned, Myhre admitted he grabbed his children by the neck and arms and hit them with sticks, but that they never cried or said they were in pain. He also admitted to using vice grips on his daughter’s fingers but was only “playing around.”
Based on his children’s accusations and allegations from his wife, Myhre was arrested and placed in the county prison on $1 million bail. He is facing twelve-counts of aggravated assault of a child less than 13, four-counts of unlawful restraint of a child, two counts of endangering welfare of children, along with charges tied to his wife’s injuries.
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