Houtzdale couple await sentences for abuse

Adopted children 12 to 16 years old

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale couple charged with beating and abusing their six adopted children will be sentenced next month.

Last May, Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 51, were charged by state police with six felony counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy/aggravated assault, conspiracy/endangering the welfare of a child and endangering the welfare of a child and as well as six misdemeanor counts each of assault and recklessly endangering another person, two counts of terroristic threats and six summary counts of harassment.

According to court documents, the pair has signed plea agreements. Barbara Krause is scheduled to be sentenced April 22, Timothy Krause on April 23, before Judge Paul Cherry.

The victims in this case range from 12 to 16 years old and the abuse took place at their Houtzdale home, according to the affidavit.

The children were allegedly beaten multiple times over several years with paddles, a walking stick, a board and back scratchers.

The children told investigators they were hit with the paddle to the extent that their buttocks would bleed and their hands were beaten with the board until their knuckles bled. As they were being beaten, trained dogs would allegedly bite them and police said they had scars from the attacks.

Food was reportedly withheld as another punishment, and they were sometimes fed only eggs and water.

The six kids slept in one room of the three-bedroom home with two of them sleeping on a thin mat on the floor, police said.

Some of the children reported that the mother shoved their heads into a wall. She also allegedly said she would slit their throats in their sleep and threatened another child with a gun and an ax.

After physical exams by a doctor in March, it was determined that the children “were physically abused and tortured by their parents,” the criminal complaint states.

The doctor also found that the kids who were being home- schooled were one to two years behind in their school work, according to the report.