Police: Couple abused six adopted children

Kids allegedly had throats slit

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County couple will stand trial for allegedly beating and abusing their six adopted children.

Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 50, both of Houtzdale, are charged with six felony counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy/aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child 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.

During centralized court in Clearfield County on Wednesday, they both waived their rights to a preliminary hearing with bail set at $5,000, unsecured, for each of them.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the six victims ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old were beaten multiple times over several years with paddles, a walking stick, a board and back scratchers.

They 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 say 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 doctor also found that they were one to two years behind in their school work, according to the report.

The kids were being home-schooled.


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