|Temperature: 48.4°F | Humidity: 98% | Pressure: 30.19in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NE | Wind Speed: 0.0mph|
Monroe Residents Arrested In Child Abuse Probe
April 16, 2017
This report was first published April 14, 2017 in the Chronicle's Breaking News column
(MONROE, WA.) -- Police in Monroe have arrested four adults and placed seven children in protective custody as part of an investigation into possible child abuse by a group of adults who allegedly beat children severely with a large paddle, among other ways.
Police responded to two neighboring apartments last week in a complex located in the 18400 block of Killarney Circle to do a welfare check on children after a teacher reported to authorities that a 13-year-old girl told of being beaten so hard on her buttocks with a paddle that she could not sit down.
State law requires teachers to report signs of child abuse.
As police were at the complex questioning adults, one of the four adults who was arrested walked by the officers with a paddle. The paddle reportedly had the names written on it of four of the 13 children who lived in the neighboring apartments, according to a report by KOMO-TV.
Eventually arrested were two men, aged 45 and 22 and two women, aged 22 and 48.
The TV station report said, based on court documents, some of the children were allegedly beaten hard enough that they had bruises and in addition some of the children said they had been punched and slapped by adults for reasons not entirely clear.
One published report said the man accused of making the two-foot long wooden paddle is accused of using it to beat several children, including his neighbor’s teenage daughters who are developmentally challenged.
That man was arrested April 6 and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of fourth and third-degree assault and was being held on $100,000 bail.
As a result of the investigation which is ongoing, seven of the 13 children were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.