Parents each charged with 10 counts of child abuse

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A Lansing mother and father are accused of routinely beating, locking up, and threatening their five young children with guns for punishment. Now, they are the ones who are locked up, each charged with ten counts of first and second degree child abuse.

Lansing detectives say, Yenier and Sarah Conde, would lock their children in a dark bedroom with the door screwed shut as punishment — sometimes being whipped and left without food to eat. In addition, the Conde’s allegedly refused them toilet access and instead provided diapers to use. The alleged abuse also involves stopping one of their kids, who has cancer, from seeing his doctors.

Reports of abuse and neglect regarding the Conde’s go all the way back to April 2009 – and involving at least 10 more visits by Child Protective Services until the kids were permanently taken in June 2017. The kids ages 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 were removed from the Conde’s and put into foster care after the severity of their abuse was discovered by investigators.

Lansing authorities say, doctors evaluated the kids and believe all five suffer from serious psychological abuse. The children said guns were often used to scare them, many times getting the gun pointed at them. Some of the kids have since received needed medical care, for example, three of the children had not seen a dentist in years and had rotten teeth that needed to be extracted.

Mrs. Conde has a probable cause pre-trial hearing on August 3, while Mr. Conde has the same action, but on August 10. According to Ingham County authorities, the potential sentence if convicted on first-degree child abuse is “life or any term of years.

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