HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania foster family beat and starved three young children over a period of six years.
Brenda Parise and her daughter, Amy Parise, of Hazle Township, were arraigned Monday on felony child endangerment and other offenses.
Authorities say the Parises beat the children with a belt and paddle and withheld food from them. An affidavit says when the children were fed, they were made to eat cross-legged on the floor with one hand behind their backs.
Police say Amy Parise forced one child to assault a sibling and shot video of the assault in an effort to mislead Luzerne County's child welfare agency.
Another family member, Shawn Parise, who lived next door, is charged with beating the children.
All three adults are behind bars. Court documents don't list a defense attorney who could speak on their behalf.