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Child abuse accusations arise in Polk County


POLK COUNTY - There are very disturbing allegations of child abuse in Polk County. A doctor likened some of the treatment to that of a concentration camp.

Christopher Dietrich and Shannon Draves are accused of abusing their three kids over the past eight years, before they were placed in foster care last year.

The children now range in age from five to eleven. According to the charges the two older children were sometimes made to stand in a corner all day with their hands on their head. One was allegedly locked in an empty room wearing nothing but underwear for five days.

They also said they were always hungry, but were punished when their parents accused them of 'stealing' food. The children's foster mother told investigators all three kids rock back and forth, scream and growl, and bang their heads in an apparent coping mechanism.

She said the five-year-old can barely speak. A psychologist says they have suffered significant emotional abuse due to what she calls "sadistic and psychologically cruel" actions at the hands of their parents.

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