Pennsylvania police arrested a couple on Thursday and accused them of committing child abuse on four young children, as reported by Times Leader.
Jamal Antonio Williams, 35, and Jennifer Marie Collins, 30, were taken into police custody following an investigation that began in January.
Williams and Collins allegedly abused the children in their care, ages 10, 9, 4 and 3. Investigators say that they forced the kids to drink hot sauce, burned them with cigarettes and beat them with plastic hangers, which were color coded for each child.
Williams also allegedly strangled a child. The victims were locked in their rooms and denied food, according to authorities.
Police say the home was filled with animal feces and urine and one child had severe scars, likely from being burned.
The four kids have been placed in protective custody by the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services Department.
When the kids were taken into custody, several asked police if they were going to be burned, an arrest report indicated. While being interviewed, two of the kids repeatedly made burning sounds.
Williams is charged with four counts of simple assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children, along with two counts each of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and strangulation and, finally, one count of intercept communications. He has been jailed with a bail of $100,000.
Collins was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of simple assault. She has been placed behind bars with a bail of $35,000.
[Featured Image: Hazleton Police Department]