Couple Arrested for Punishing Children


MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Police say a West Virginia couple hit their six children with belts and metal objects and forced them to do push-ups and squats as punishment.

On Sunday, Mannington police arrested Bashtlee Efaw and her husband, Richard Douglas Efaw.

Police Chief Brian Stewart says the punishment would sometimes last from the time the children arrived home from school until they went to bed. The children complained of knee pain after being forced to do as many as 500 squats.

The children, who range in age from 5 to 15, are under the care of Child Protective Services.

The Efaws each are charged with child abuse resulting in great injury.

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