UPDATE 2/19/14 @ 11:55 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) – Three people indicted in a child abuse case out of Wheelersburg, Ohio have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, after being indicted on Tuesday.
Juan Sanchez, 44, Edwina Louis, 52, and Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, were arrested earlier this month.
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says several children lived in the home with the three suspects.
They say the children had been tied with ropes and chains to their beds for weeks at a time, sometimes longer, and were only untied to do school work on the computer. They also said they were forced to get naked and were beaten with belts and paddles.
The children had marks and scars on their bodies matching the reported abuse, according to Sheriff Marty Donini.
Investigators say they were alerted to the alleged abuse after one of the children sent an email to her online instructor, letting the teacher know the kids needed help and to call 911
Tuesday, a Scioto County grand jury indicted Sanchez on two counts of rape, and three counts of child endangerment. Pack and Louis were each indicted on three counts of counts of child endangerment.
Bond for Sanchez, who is the children's stepfather, remained at $1 million bond during the hearing before Judge William Marshall.
Pack, who is the children's mother, and Louis, the children’s grandmother, had their bond set at $500,000 cash.
All three remain in the Scioto County Jail and will be back in court on March 7.
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Juan Sanchez, 44, mother Bobbi Sue Pack, 31, and grandmother Edwina Louis, 52, were indicted by a grand jury in Scioto County, Ohio on Tuesday.
The three are accused of tying three home-schooled children to their beds for weeks at a time, beating their naked bodies with belts and paddles, and depriving them of food.
Each is charged with three counts of child endangerment.
Sanchez is also charged with two counts of rape.
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office says they learned about the alleged abuse after one of the children sent an email for help to a teacher at the children's online school.
The three are expected to be arraigned later this week or early next week.
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