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"Disturbing" child abuse case out of Polk County


POLK COUNTY, Wisconsin (WQOW) -  Charges have been filed in a disturbing child abuse case out of Polk County.

Christopher Dietrich and Shannon Draves are accused of abusing their three kids for 8-years before the kids were placed in foster care last year. The children now range in age from five to eleven.

According to the police the two older children were sometimes made to stand in a corner all day with their hands on their head.  One was allegedly locked in an empty room wearing nothing but underwear for five days.

The children's foster mother told investigators all three kids rock back and forth, scream and growl and bang their heads in an apparent coping mechanism. She says the five-year-old can barely speak.

A psychologist says they have suffered significant emotional abuse due to what she calls "sadistic and psychologically cruel actions"at the hands of their parents.

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