Ohio PARENTS BRUTALLY ABUSED 5 ADOPTED KIDS; Evidence Leads to Arrest and Indictment

Ohio PARENTS BRUTALLY ABUSED 5 ADOPTED KIDS; Evidence Leads to Arrest and Indictment

In Clermont County, a couple has been indicted on many counts of abuse against their adopted children.

Clermont County Prosecutor Mark Tekulve said that the mother, Matthew Robert Edmonson, and father, Charles Robert Edmonson, have been indicted on five charges of child endangerment, which are third-degree felonies.

The couple is accused of torturing and abusing their five adoptive children. Tekulve stated that if convicted on the charges, the pair may face up to 18 years in prison.

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According to the prosecutor, the couple fostered the five children, all of whom were related, prior to their adoption.

Tekulve stated that the youngsters had been in and out of the hospital for a variety of injuries, including bruising, bleach burns, possible internal bleeding, and neglect. According to the prosecution, the couple would explain the injuries to the five boys, who were born with a variety of medical conditions.

“Instead of being properly nurtured and cared for, they were traumatized, neglected, and abused,” Tekulve stated in a statement.

According to the prosecution, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office made measures to protect the children when evidence was later discovered.

A sheriff’s detective had been investigating the couple and eventually convicted Charles Edmonson of allegedly having sexual relations with another adopted son, who was an adult at the time. According to the prosecution, the child was allegedly groomed from a young age.

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Following the arrest, the detective discovered videos of the abuse.

“Detective Ross recovered numerous videos of the defendants treating these beloved special needs children worse than prisoners of war in their own home,” Tekulve told reporters in a release.

The prosecutor stated that the films were “too graphic to describe,” but it was apparent that the youngsters were tormented and abused “nearly every day.”

According to WLWT, “The videos of these malnourished and naked youngsters huddled together in a closed room in the basement, on the stone-cold cellar floor like a lump of puppies trying to get warm, are nothing short of heartbreaking.

These two are unsuited to be parents, and I thank those who have fought relentlessly to ensure that they will not be. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first and won’t be the last time my office has had to pursue indictment for persons who claim to be ‘parents’,” Tekulve added in the statement.

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