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Kewaunee County parents accused of abusing 9 of their kids

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KEWAUNEE, WI (WTAQ) - A couple from Kewaunee County is facing dozens of charges for allegedly abusing nine of their children.

According to authorities, 44-year-old Christine Oswald and her husband, 46-year-old Steven Oswald, physically and mentally abused their biological and adopted children.

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department says the nine children, ranging in age from 4 to 18, were put in protective custody last September.

In a farm house south of Kewaunee, a criminal complaint outlines a story of years of abuse against the nine children ranging in age from four to 18.

The couple is facing 37 charges. A criminal complaint lays out a long list of abuse doled out from a farm house in the Town of Carlton. For example, outdoor chore sessions would often end with children being slapped, locked in their rooms, and forced to eat soap.

One child told investigators she tried to kill herself, “By drinking household chemicals or automotive fluids, she has been cutting herself and also was going to stab herself.”

Prosecutors tell FOX 11 Christine Oswald whipped one of her sons after he finished some chores. They say the father stood by and did nothing to stop it.

According to the criminal complaint, Christine Oswald gathered all the children together, while she punished one of the boys. The document says, “And told them this is what happens when you lie to mom.”

The Oswald's have entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them. They are scheduled to be back in court next month and each face over 100 years in prison if convicted.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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