NEOSHO, Mo. — A Joplin man, charged with abuse and neglect of a 4-year-old boy, will stand trial on those charges.
Paul J. Kubie Jr., 28, was bound over for trial in Newton County Circuit Court after agreeing to waive his preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to court records. Kubie is charged with four counts of first-degree child endangerment and one count of child abuse. He allegedly used a belt to strike the 4-year-old boy and allowed him to live in unsanitary conditions at the home.
Kubie was one of three people arrested in early February after a call to the state’s child-abuse hot line led sheriff’s deputies and child-abuse workers to a home at 1636 Rainbow Drive, south of Joplin. Authorities also arrested the other two adults living at the home: Kubie’s wife, Chastity Kubie, 27, and his mother, Sharon Twocrows, 50.
When he was found by authorities, the 4-year-old weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces. He later reportedly told investigators that he “sometimes” got to eat with the others in the household.
Authorities said the boy said that when he was in trouble, he had to stand on his bed while the rest of his family ate. The boy alleged that after he started getting up in the middle of the night and getting into things, Twocrows and Chastity Kubie started tying him to his bed at night with shoestrings. Sometimes he allegedly was “spanked” with a belt or paddle by Twocrows and Paul Kubie.
Authorities said they found the 4-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl and a 4-month-old girl inside the home with no running water and three toilets full of unflushed feces. A sheriff’s deputy described the house as unsuitable for children, with trash piled in every room, and the kitchen counters and sink cluttered with dirty dishes and rotting food.
The children were removed from the home, as was the 5-year-old brother of the malnourished boy, who was found at school. The Kubies are the parents of the two girls, and aunt and uncle to the boys. Twocrows is the grandmother of all four children.
Paul Kubie’s arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Monday, June 9, in Newton County Circuit Court.
Chastity Kubie, charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and one count of child abuse, was bound over for trial in March. A pretrial conference in her case is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 16.
Sharon Twocrows waived her preliminary hearing in March, and was bound over for trial on four counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree and two counts of child abuse. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 2.