Two East Side parents have been charged with multiple felony counts of child endangering after being accused of torturing their five children.
Jose L. Rosales, 33, and Rosa Rosales, 29, were arrested and charged after an ongoing investigation that began as a result of a Franklin County Children Services case. The children were removed from the home in March, according to Columbus police, and the investigation by detectives began in earnest in June, after the children disclosed details of what had occurred in their Coventry Court home.
According to court records, the five children, all younger than 18, said they had been “tortured and cruelly abused … over an extended period of time.”
The abuse consisted of being hit with hangers, belts, cords, shoes and hands; being forced to drink hot sauce as punishment; being kicked down the stairs in a home; being thrown around the home; and being sprayed with hot water in a shower.
The children also were allegedly forced to take “naked cold showers with their siblings” and were at times “locked in their rooms all day without food, water or bathroom access.”
The children were punished for wetting themselves, court records show.
Jose Rosales also is accused of burning the children’s fingertips with a lighter, causing blisters; biting the children; making them watching sexual videos; and sexually abusing the siblings in front of one another.
According to the court records, Rosa Rosales was aware of the abuse and is accused of doing nothing to stop it.
The pair were arrested Wednesday by SWAT officers and appeared Thursday for arraignments and bond hearings on the charges.
Jose Rosales is charged with five counts of child endangering, as well as three counts of rape. Rosa Rosales is charged with five counts of child endangering.