Scioto County prosecutors moved quickly to present what investigators say is the most-horrific child-abuse case they’ve seen to a grand jury.
An indictment was filed in Scioto County Common Pleas Court this afternoon against 52-year-old Edwina Louis, who is the grandmother of the children who said they were abused; Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, the children’s mother; and Juan Carlos Sanchez, 44, who police say is Pack’s boyfriend and the father of the youngest of Pack’s four children.
Each of the three has been charged with three counts of child endangering, all second-degree felonies. In addition, Sanchez has been charged with two first-degree felony counts of rape, which specify the child was under the age of 10.
Louis, Pack and Sanchez all remain the Scioto County Jail. They are expected to be arraigned in court later this week, according to the Common Pleas judge’s office.
All three were arrested on Feb. 11 after one of the four children in the home — ranging in age from 11 to 2 — sent an online message to a teacher at her virtual school saying that she and her siblings were being tied up and beaten.
Capt. David Hall, with the Scioto County sheriff’s office, said evidence found inside the home at 1103 Collingwood Ave. in Wheelersburg backed up the children’s allegations: that they had been tied to their beds for days or sometimes weeks at a time, often released just long enough to log on to their online school.
Hall said the evidence shows the children were repeatedly beaten with whips and belts. Food was kept under padlock, Hall said, and the children were fed sporadically.
Children Services says all four children are being treated for their trauma at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and are now doing well in foster care.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said the case remains under investigation but that authorities moved quickly to avoid a required preliminary hearing that would have been held on Thursday if a grand jury hadn’t issued an indictment.
“Certainly, we took the children into consideration in all of this,” Kuhn said. “And we didn’t want to take the chance that they would have to testify now.”