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Four Adults Jailed After Horrific Child Abuse Discovered

5/8/2008 1:19:46 PM
KOKOMO, IN (NBC) -- A pair of four-year-olds were rescued from an Indiana home following a tip to police. Authorities are calling it one of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever seen.

Four adults face charges after police went inside a home and found the children with broken bones.

"We saw the children and called the ambulance," said Kokomo Police Lt. Don Whitehead.

Police say the cousins, a boy and a girl, were beaten and "at times bound with zip ties."

"The girl, at one point in time, was kept for at least a three-week period in a small closet, locked in the closet," Lt. Whitehead said.

Both children's mothers, 26-year-old Jennifer Leonard and 30-year-old Melissa Chandler are under arrest. They face neglect and aiding battery charges.

They lived in the home with another couple, Madeline and Donald Hawk, who are also charged as pol

Added: May-8-2008 
By: bellava
Tags: child, abuse, cousins, locked, closet, beat
Location: Kokomo, Indiana, United States (load item map)
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