Officials in Indiana have leveled charges against two adults accused of abusing children in their care.
The allegations against Timothy, 59, and Diane Combs, 55, came to light after a child made a recording of an instance of alleged abuse, which was ultimately shown to someone who called authorities, Fox 19 reported, citing officials.
When members of the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office responded in regards to the call, they discovered videos, photos and eight children – among which were the couple’s four foster children, three kids they were watching and one adopted disabled teen, WLWT reported.
The Combs were reportedly arrested on Friday.
“One of the foster children … gave some detailed descriptions on what she had witnessed, which was Diane Combs smacking one of the minors, who was a 6-year-old, in the face, kicking them in the face, kicking them in the leg,” prosecuting attorney Lynn Deddens said, according to WLWT. “They also observed her husband Tim, smack another one of the kids across the face and grab the hair of another child.”
The pair has “fostered over 38 children” throughout the past few years, Deddens said.
The children were allegedly beaten and one was reprimanded by being forced to hold a soiled diaper in their mouth, WLWT reported.
“He was 6 years old. He was noted in the affidavit saying, ‘When she’s mean, we pee our pants at night; she let us do squats and we have diapers in our mouth — pee diapers,” Deddens said.
Both adults were hit with several charges, including aggravated battery and domestic battery, among others, Fox 19 reported.
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