OH parents charged with torturing children

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

CLEVELAND, OH (WFLX) - The parents of nine children face charges that could send them to prison for decades.

Prosecutors say they hog-tied their 8-year-old son to a table with duct tape each night -- calling it the worst case of child abuse they've ever seen.

"I think it would be a disservice to call these parents animals because animals, quite frankly, treat their offspring much better," said Assistant Prosecutor Mike O'Malley.

During the day, the boy, who has never been allowed to attend school, was forced to stand against a wall with his hands on his head and would pay a heavy price if he didn't do it to his parents' satisfaction.

The torture finally came to an end when his 14-year-old brother called the child abuse hotline.

A grand jury returned a 196 count indictment against the parents. The nine children are now in foster car.

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