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GANT: Area Couple Agrees to Plead Guilty in Child Torture Case

shutterstock_1175298715-gavel.jpgHOUTZDALE, Pa. – A Houtzdale couple accused of physically and emotionally torturing their six adopted children has agreed to plead guilty.

(This article was provided by our News Partner GantDaily.com.)

In May of 2018, Timothy D. Krause, 52, and Barbara J. Krause, 51, were charged by the Clearfield-based state police with six felony counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy/aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy/endangering the welfare of children.

The Krause’s were also charged with six misdemeanor counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person; two misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats; and six summaries.

Online court documents indicate both have negotiated plea agreements. Barbara and Timothy Krause will appear for sentencing in Clearfield County Court on April 22 and April 23, respectively before Judge Paul E. Cherry.

The couple’s children reported being abused between 2011 and 2018 at their home. They were beaten with paddles, a walking stick, a board and back scratchers, according to the affidavits of probable cause.

Beatings with the paddle were allegedly so severe that the children’s buttocks would bleed, and it could be seen through their underwear.

Beatings with the walking stick would cause knots or lumps to form on their heads. The children’s hands were also beaten with a board until their knuckles would bleed, state police said.

As forms of punishment, the Krause’s allegedly deprived their children of multiple meals for not doing their chores or misbehaving and forced them to do “halfways” (or sitting against the wall with their knees bent) and “up-downs” for extended periods.

The family’s dogs were allowed to bite the children for which they were never treated and have scars from. The six siblings were also forced to share the same bedroom in a three-bedroom home; two slept on the floor on very thin mats, state police said.

According to the affidavit, Barbara Krause shoved her children’s heads into the wall. One child was beaten by Timothy Krause with a back scratcher to the extent his injuries had to be treated with lotion for weeks.

The Krause’s home-schooled their children for a few years. In a report, a Geisinger Medical Center doctor wrote that the children were “lacking in academics and are one to two years behind.”

The 15-year-old has multiple scars on his chest, abdomen, legs and arms. He said one scar on his chest was from a dog bite, and it wasn’t unusual to be “paddled” 30-40 times on one occurrence. He said his mother also threatened to “slit his throat” with an axe while he was sleeping.

The 14-year-old said anytime his parents would get the stick out, the dogs were trained to “attack” whoever was nearby. He had multiple bite marks and scars on his legs and arms.

He said he was paddled on his right buttocks until an abscess formed, which he had to lance himself. His medical records noted multiple scars on his right buttocks, as well.

The other 14-year-old reported being beaten with a paddle 58 times on one occurrence. He said he was beaten multiple other times and threatened to have his throat slit at night.

He said his parents hit him on his face and nose area, which caused bleeding, and he had a scar on his back from being beaten with a stick.

The 13-year-old said her parents threatened her with a gun and axe, and she was paddled on her bare buttocks until it was black and blue. She also had multiple scars on her arms and legs from dog bites.

The 16-year-old said he was threatened by his mother with the edge of an axe placed on his neck. He said he was also threatened to be shot; on one occurrence, he was paddled 30 times and to the point his buttocks was black and blue and he couldn’t sit down.

The 12-year-old said that his mother threatened to shoot him if he touched the phone after he called police to report abuse.

He said he was once paddled on the buttocks 49 times, and had bleeding from the punishment. He now has numerous scars on his arms, legs and other areas from dog bites.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This news article contains graphic details and may be upsetting to some GANT News readers                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/gant-4/

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I dont get it either....and why do they want more (except for the money) if they abuse the ones they have....unless they just like to abuse :no:


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2 hours ago, WMJ77 said:

I dont get it either....and why do they want more (except for the money) if they abuse the ones they have....unless they just like to abuse :no:

They wouldn't receive $$ for adopting. They would receive $$ for fostering (IF that's how these children came into their home) but, once adopted, that would end. So it makes NO sense from the $$ angle. Just sick :censored: !

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that's true, my bad....was typing too early this morning


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Where were the schools, neighbors, family, visitors, medical personnel, ANYONE, to report that abuse.  It had to be evident.  It seems like the criminal offense here is that NO ONE reported it.

The parents are criminals, yes, but there are a lot of other people who should be put on the line too.  Anyone who let these people adopt children are guilty also.  There are NO excuses.


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

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19 hours ago, Petee said:

Where were the schools, neighbors, family, visitors, medical personnel, ANYONE, to report that abuse.  It had to be evident.  It seems like the criminal offense here is that NO ONE reported it.

The parents are criminals, yes, but there are a lot of other people who should be put on the line too.  Anyone who let these people adopt children are guilty also.  There are NO excuses.

The location of this house is quite remote.  No close neighbors.  The parents home schooled the children.  No schools.  I doubt a family that was beating, starving, and torturing their children had many visitors dropping by for a visit.  To my understanding, it was the medical personnel who found and filed the abuse reports.   These "parents" removed the children from society so as to inflict their torture.  The "parents" are solely to blame. 

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2 hours ago, MIM307 said:

The location of this house is quite remote.  No close neighbors.  The parents home schooled the children.  No schools.  I doubt a family that was beating, starving, and torturing their children had many visitors dropping by for a visit.  To my understanding, it was the medical personnel who found and filed the abuse reports.   These "parents" removed the children from society so as to inflict their torture.  The "parents" are solely to blame. 

When a child is homeschooled, do they never have to go to the school at all?  Who makes sure they are being taught the correct subjects, are there any home visits made after an adoption?


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

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57 minutes ago, Petee said:

When a child is homeschooled, do they never have to go to the school at all?  Who makes sure they are being taught the correct subjects, are there any home visits made after an adoption?

No home visits after an adoption.  The child is now yours.  The state is no longer involved.

In most cases, local districts are not required to actually see a child being homeschooled.  Testing is done, usually online, and homeschoolers submit curriculum for approval.  The PA Department of Education oversees this.

These "parents" created a perfect situation to allow the abuse to be perpetrated.  They are solely responsible for this.

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How many other situations like this might exist, and how could they be prevented.  If adults want to be cut off from society then fine, but children need to be overseen by someone other than the parents, especially in education.


"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything"

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My cousin who lives in NJ home schools her kids. She has a finished basement made into a classroom. Her kids are 11 and 14 and between her teaching them and the internet they never have to step foot in a school.  They are involved a lot in community activities but she could easily hide them from the world.

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