On Wednesday, police asked the public for help to find a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy after their parents reported they had run away Tuesday night. The children were found a short time later at a church near their home in the 3200 block of North Highland Avenue.
The circumstances were suspicious to officers, and investigators from the Jackson Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services talked with the children, according to a news release from Police Chief Gill Kendrick.
Investigators learned that the children ran away after seeing their 15-year-old sister bound and beaten by their parents
, Kendrick said.
The 15-year-old was being punished for playing in the parking lot with boys from the neighborhood
, he said. Investigators were told she was pulled by her hair, hit in the face and on the back with a shoe, bound with wire and duct tape then whipped with a coaxial cable
Her brother and sister told investigators they fled through a window because they were scared they were going to be punished, too.
The parents, Ramazan Ali
, and his wife, Suad Nasir
, have been charged with aggravated domestic assault and child abuse.
Their children — ages 16, 15, 13 and 12 — were placed into the Department of Children's Services custody temporarily while the investigation continues