By Frank Lewis
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini released details Wednesday morning concerning what they say was extreme abuse of four children who are telling authorities about being tied up with ropes and chains, beaten and sexually abused at a house in Wheelersburg.
Donini stated that his office received a call on Jan. 30, 2014, from a teacher with the virtual online learning school stating that she received an e-mail from a student wanting her to call 911 that she and her brothers and sisters were being tied to the beds and beaten.
Donini said a deputy, along with Scioto County Children Services, responded to the house located on Collingswood Avenue in Wheelersburg.
Children Services later contacted the office and stated that they were able to get a court order that resulted in four children being removed from that residence. Children Services responded to the office with these children for an interview.
Donini said, during these interviews, the children stated that they had been tied with ropes and chains to their beds for weeks at a time sometimes longer only untied to do school work on the computer. Donini said the children stated that they would only get food sometimes and were very hungry. The children were able to describe having to get naked and get hit with belts and paddles. During the interview, the children — ages 11 and 9 —reportedly told authorities that they had been sexually assaulted several times. The children had marks and scars on their bodies that matched the reported abuse. These children were transported to Mayerson Center a part of children’s hospital in Cincinnati for treatment and they are currently being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio as an outpatient.
“There was evidence of what the kids said had happened to them,” Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall told the Daily Times. “The poor little bodies of the children have evidence of what they are claiming. And there was evidence to support what they were saying about being tied up at the house.”
He called Children Services phenomenal.
“They stepped above and beyond to make this happen. Brittany at Children Services was incredible. She really stepped up for the need of the children on this and helped to get an emergency order through Juvenile Court to remove the children,” Hall said.
Hall said the children are safe and in the care of a Foster family.
“We have had interaction with the children since then,” Hall said. “Beautiful, young children.”
As a result of the interviews and other information obtained during the investigation a search warrant was served at the residence on Collingswood Avenue in Wheelersburg. Detectives and deputies removed several items from the residence. Detectives detained three adults for questioning which resulted in charges being filed.
Arrested was Juan Carlos Sanchez, 44, formerly from the Virgin Islands who had been staying on Collingwood Avenue. Sanchez has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, a felony of the second degree and two counts of rape, a felony of the first degree. Sanchez is being held on a $1 million bond. Also arrested was Edwina Louis, 52, also of Collingswood Avenue, the grandmother of the children. Louis has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, a felony of the second degree. She is being held on a $150,000 bond. The mother of the children, Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, also of Collingswood Avenue was also arrested. Pack has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, a felony of the second degree; and is being held on a $150,000 bond.
Detectives are also looking for a female to question involving this case who fled the residence after Children Services showed up. Detectives were given information that this female could be in the Pike County area. She is identified as Leah Dillon, age 24. Detectives are requesting anybody with information on her whereabouts to please call in.
“This was very emotional for the staff,” Hall said. “In a short time we really bonded with the kids and we spent some time with them to get them to trust us and bond with us. And it does become emotional for the deputies.”
Sheriff Donini states that this is an ongoing investigation which could result in other suspects being charged and more charges being presented to the Scioto County grand jury on a later date. Donini said anyone with any information concerning those crimes is being requested to contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.