TOWANDA, PA. (WENY) – Two people have been arrested following an investigation into a severe case of child abuse of two children in Towanda.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, Jakayo Frye and Shyann Hills were arrested based on a warrant. They were both charged with numerous counts of Aggravated Assault, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Simple Assault, Terrorist Threats, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Corruption of Minors.
The charges come after an investigation alleging Frye and Hills severely abused a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy for six days.
The victims were reportedly dropped off by their mother so Frye and Hills could watch them for a week.
According to State Police, the children were physically abused by being “struck with fists and objects”. They were also allegedly deprived of sleep, food and water and “forced to drink their own urine off the floor after they were not permitted to use the bathroom”.
One of the victims was allegedly tied to a dog cage with a belt.
Police say the children were also forced into a plank position with nails in the upright position under them so if they fell, the nails would stick into them.
Hills and Frye also allegedly forced other children to hit the victims.
Both children were hospitalized at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
The incidents allegedly occurred between July 20 and July 27.