WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita couple has pleaded guilty to beating and abusing a girl they were foster parents to and later adopted.
The Wichita Eagle reports the couple pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges including child abuse, aggravated battery and criminal restraint. They had denied the allegations.
The 15-year-old girl and three other children were taken into protective custody in March 2014. A child-in-need-of-care petition alleges that the girl's adoptive parents at times chained her in a basement and gave her a bucket to use as a toilet.
Authorities say the girl, who was 14 at the time, weighed just 66 pounds when she was removed from the home.
The girl and the other children remain in foster care pending the outcome of their child-in-need-of-care case.
The Eagle has not named the parents in order to protect the identity of the children.