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Child Abuse Investigation and Arrests in Hazleton

January 08, 2019 - 11:15 am
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The arrest of the above individuals, on January 7, 2019, at approximately 1430 hours by the Hazleton City Police Crime Detectives Division and the Luzerne County Detectives Division after the culmination of an investigation into Child Abuse, which led to two felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest.

Commencing on June 6th, 2018, Hazleton City Police, Luzerne County District Attorney's Office, Luzerne County Detectives Division and the Luzerne County Children and Youth began an investigation into child abuse claims.

Brenda PARISE is charged with the following:
Endangering Welfare of Children: Six counts, Felony 3
Simple Assault: Three counts, M1
Harassment: Three counts, S

Amy PARISE is charged with the following:
Endangering Welfare of Children: Six counts, Felony 3
Simple Assault: Three counts, M1
Corruption of Minors: One count, M1
Harassment: Three counts, S

Shawn PARISE is charged with the following:
Simple Assault: Three counts, M1
Harassment: Three counts, S

The children were forensically interviewed at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. The investigation revealed that the children were subjected to various forms of abuse during the period of time in while they resided with the PARISE Family.

The children disclosed that Amy, Shawn, and Brenda PARISE would beat the children with their hands, belts, and a paddle.  Amy and Brenda PARISE would frequently deprive the children of food.  When they did allow them to eat, the children had to sit on the floor with their feet crossed and one hand behind their backs.  The lack of care and unsanitary living conditions in the home resulted in the children being malnourished, all three children developing scabies, and one child victim failing to thrive.

Amy, Brenda, and Shawn PARISE turned themselves in to Magistrate Dixon’s Office on Monday, January 7th, 2019 where they were arraigned. Amy and Brenda were remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $30,000 straight bail. Shawn PARISE was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $10,000 straight bail.

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