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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shinglehouse couple facing 6 felonies in child abuse case; released on $75K unsecured bail

Wellsville Regional News

A husband and wife from Shinglehouse were arrested this week for allegedly abusing their five children, ages 5-13. Dick Clarke, 71 and Jennifer Clarke, 40, both of 10 Old Ceres Road were taken into custody by Shinglehouse Borough police. 

According to the criminal complaint, the children were allegedly beaten leaving bruises, threatened with death, called disparaging names and were often in a state of poor hygiene. The complaint also alleges that the children were told not to speak with police or social services. 

While the alleged abuse may have gone on for a decade, the current complaint only dates back to events beginning August 2015. 

Both defendants were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kari A. McCleaft. Dick and Jennifer Clarke were released on $75,000 unsecured bail. They'll return to court August 17th for a preliminary hearing.

Dick Clarke faces the following charges:

38 comments :

Anonymous said...

I do hope the children are safe and not returned>

Anonymous said...

ABOUT FREAKING TIME!

Anonymous said...

Can I have 20 minutes alone with these 2 low -lifes

Anonymous said...

well there name and address is right there 1:31 , nobody is stopping you

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see that c.y.s actually did something right

Anonymous said...

OMG.... that is HILARIOUS... CYS? NOT HARDLY! They covered it for over 10 years!!! Report after report... covered it up! SHINGLEHOUSE POLICE did this! Adam did ALL the leg work.... he is the one owed credit for saving these kids... sure as hell NOT CYS! They are to blame for all the years they ignored it!

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Anonymous said...

Last Post is 100% Correct. CYS does nothing. It is a Joke. I know of another case reported to CYS for years by Parents, School Teachers, that have observed the abuse first hand and reported several times and the situation still exists. CYS is the one that should be in front of the Judge.

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Anonymous said...

@7:09.... seriously? You seem mad that these parents are FINALLY charged? If you are from Shinglehouse then you KNOW these people and you know as well as anyone else, this has been over a decade coming! These children have been abused daily, slapped in the head in public, hair pulled, swore at, mother has been heard telling them "I swear to god when we get home I am going to f*c*i*g kill you" I am sure there are other abuse cases, but one at a time... it is like the drugs.... can only work seriously on one at a time! These kids deserve this! They deserve a shot at a NORMAL life, with NORMAL parents who do NOT beat them, kick them, swear at them, pull their hair... be real, it is obvious you must be a disgruntled 'friend' which makes it worse. That being said... you have seen more than you care to say... sometimes you need to put others out front... those babies are children, the parents are ADULTS who KNOW better... or do they? I mean after all he was her foster father before he married her correct? Yes, it is a FACT... he married her on her 18th birthday after fostering her in his home with his wife and their children!

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with 8:41 pm, well ssid,
This is just digusting, these innocent, helpless children being abused for that many yrs & nothing was done....Shame on those who never done anything including the ones that had the authority to have done something, makes me sick, Im praying for those little childten!!!

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Anonymous said...

Blame trump...blame trump...blame trump. Hear that? He is what's wrong with our country now and in the future. Allowing a person who cannot read and comprehend the written word is NOT going to help this country. Not having that reading ability influences his decision making process. He is not able to fully comprehend the consequences of his words and actions. He is a bully and encourages bullying, for examples of that on public display, look at his past rallies. He encourages hatred and division in our society. Look at his comments re: the horrible actions today in Charolettesville VA. He failed to call out what that rally was truly about. It was about hate and bigotry. Yet trump would not say that. (Remember his comments about PRESIDENT OBAMA and "Islamic terrorists"?) Anyone not like trump is a target for his bullying ways. He mocked a man with Cerebral Palsy? Can you believe that? He belittles women. He is a liar. He is too ignorant to fully understand the science and the proof of global warming. He is a failed businessman that has bankrupted many, many businesses so he obviously does not understand money and budgets. He has failed to pay millions to contractors who worked on his projects and "dared them to sue him". His daddy gave him millions of dollars decades ago. You say, "but he's a billionaire". The real truth is that he would have far more money if he would have invested his daddy's money in a stock market index fund, rather than his many, many failed business ventures.
So you ask; What does trump have to do with CYS? Why blame trump? This man does not have a conscience when it comes to social programs. He will continue to make more monetary cuts to the federal budget in this regard and these programs. These cuts will then impact state and local agency's budgets to have to cut staff and staffing hours. Unfortunately, his budget cuts will make instances like this occur more often. These types of social workers budgets are going to be cut more and more. They are already paid too little for the job they do. As far as these children and children in homes like this: The law restricts what CYS can and cannot do as far as taking children from their home. When they do remove a child from a home, a judge decides that, "it is better to be in a familial setting." They return them home and the cycle starts again. Don't blame CYS. Blame the law and the judges who interpret the law in a way to allow such things to happen. (BTW, I don't have a dog in the CYS show, I am a caring, compassionate adult who gets extremely upset when children are harmed. CYS staffing and cuts are my observations over many years).
In the future? When CYS staff are cut even more? Blame the idiot who was put into office by an uneducated populace. Those who didn't think this election through in a thoughtful, comprehensive manner. They fell for the smoke and mirrors con man's lies. They didn't realize how a person with many personality disorders can and will! have devastating effects on this country, affects our longtime allies and the world as a whole! That, in a small paragraph or two, is how trump affects CYS.


Anonymous said...

9:48. CYS was called about these kids and this family back when Obama was president. Maybe it's his fault it went on too long. Regardless of who may be to blame these children are seriously damaged by their environment and I can only pray they never go back. Countless reports were made that if taken seriously could have prevented some major emotional, physical, and physical harm that these children endured.

Anonymous said...

Post. 9.48, your post is the most lying,bitter, ridiculous, demeaning, with so much hate that I would be very fearful to call you a neighbor or a friend. Hate mongering is never needed, it promotes more hate. How can anyone defame our president like you have and be a symbol of sanity in our country and every other country. I hated obummer for many reasons but would never have expressed the many reasons why when he was still in office. I don't think anyone should, what are our children learning with such hate and bitterness of our president. In times gone by, the president and the office were respected and would never have been aloud to print this ranting and lies you have presented. Shame on You! Yes I'm scared to death of a person ready to destroy, no matter what. Discrimination in any other form is not tolerated what makes you so superior. You are indeed set out to destroy just about anything. By the way do you carry a concealed Weapon? What a frightening prospect!

Anonymous said...

9:48, REALLY!!!!!!
you really need to do some serious praying & ask for some forgiveness,
WOW, you must really hate yourself, I'm totally in agreement 12:48 AM, I would say you really need some Anger management,who in the world is calling the kettle black here, your attitude needs mega adjustment................!!!!!!!! Get yourself into some serious praying not only for yourself but these children !!!!!
Trump has NOTHING to do with these two parents beating their kids,
They are responsible for their own actions & they both need to be held accountable, my goodness I was an abused child & no one ever blamed Pres. Kennedy for my abusive parents !!!! Abusive parents are & will be held accountable for their actions not the president !!DUH.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but why are we bringing politics into this? This is about two parents and what they did to their five children. Not about what this president did or that president did. Why don't we stop throwing politics around and focus on the facts: two parents got the justice they deserved and five kids have a chance at a normal and happy life.

Anonymous said...

Poster 9:48 Trump will have more jobs that will get the people off welfare and back to work ( more than what I can say for Obama) that way there will be no need for so many of these pragrams

Anonymous said...

Just because your daughter is not the softball princess, don't make false accusations. AGAIN.

Anonymous said...

LOLOL...How the heck did this story about abused kids become another Trump/Obama trashing....My god people grow up and get smart...Hate begets hate..lets start caring about each other and our children...You make me sick !

Anonymous said...

Hey folks,
This is about little innocent abused children, "NOT TRUMP/OBAMA !!!!!!
Some of these comments are just unbelievable..9:48, your attitude & your mentality is disgraceful, you'll live a short life with that much bitterness, anger & hatred, as already been said you need to do some praying which should've been your first priority for these little children not poppin off b/c you hate Trump, we could careless about your feelings!
You see this is not about you!!!
Again!!! THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU NOR YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS!!!

Anonymous said...

These are good people. They just might need some additional parental education. Let's pray these kids get back home safely to their loving family.

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess my son could be a princess if he wanted to be I would be ok with that. Is there other information about the softball program that you are aware of and not sharing?

Anonymous said...

11:12 are you kidding me,more parenting. These children have been abused for along time,what does it take one of these children to die.You need to wake up!!!!! And stop making stupid remarks.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully they will learn new strategies for assertive parenting techniques. I agree with the comments of 11:12. We need to stop throwing stones and help the good folks around us.

Anonymous said...

11:12, You've got to be joking, Right?
If this has been going on for a decade, & the authorities knew it, Why ? Why? Why did they not receive parenting skills a decade ago, also mental, emoting & spiritual skills would've been helpful also especially when he was an abusive foster father to his foster daughter, NOW wife, this is just sick...he's 71 & she's 40, it takes that long to get help after you've abused your children, give me a break, "good people", these children, we're beat, had their hair pulled, talk to like they were a pc of dirt, etc...neither one of them should ever be allowed to have these little ones back, what a joke, good people???? Look at their charges!!!!!! good people ????
This is about how they've abused these little ones, physically, mentally, emotinally & even spiritually, these little ones will be scared forever!!!!!
Good people ?????? THINK NOT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Exactly right 11:33 AM, If one of these children had been seriously injured or died b/c of their abuse they wouldn't be saying, "GOOD PEOPLE" I thank God it didn't come to that, this is enough to make ya want to vomit !!!!! They, the parents need mental help themselves !

Anonymous said...

Praying that these children are NEVER returned to their so called "Parents", & that they are placed in a loving caring home where they are safe, loved & cared for, until they can care for themselves! There is a place in hell for these heartless parents, I have no doubt! Open your eyes people this type of thing happens much to often. There are signs, we just have to follow up on them. Not years later!!!

Anonymous said...

I only want to say that a lot of you are making judgements before you know the facts. These parents will have final judgement from only one being. These children were born with problems. I for one would not want to deal with 4 autistic children every day, and until you walk in these people's shoes and deal with what they deal with every day, you should just quietly shut your mouths and let the people who know what they're doing be the judges of the parents behavior. Judge NOT lest ye also be judged.

Anonymous said...

CYS isn't about protecting children from abuse. They are about collecting a paycheck

Anonymous said...

A bunch of conspiracy charges from over two years ago? I hope they take this to trial. Something stinks here.

Anonymous said...

If you live or work in Shinglehouse you know these people. They have been turned in a lot and nothing has ever been done..... Its about time the kids are put first.

Anonymous said...

These children have several issues and I have seen this first hand. And when I said anything I was thrown from the home.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS ONE CASE THAT MAKES ME SO VERY SICK. WHO EVER MADE THE COMMENT THESE ARE GOOD PEOPLE MUST NOT KNOW THEM OR HAVE A HEART.TO LAY IN YOUR BED AT NIGHT AND KNOW THOUGH THE DAY YOU HAVE BEAT AND ABUSED YOUR CHILDREN HOW THE HECK DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT.TO KNOW THESE YOUNG BABIES AND TO SEE THEM OUT IN PUBLIC AND LISTEN TO THE PARENTS OPENLY CALL THERE CHILDREN DISGUSTING NAMES IS JUST SICK!! TO WATCH THE MOTHER FLAUNT HERSELF AROUND LIKE SHE IS ALL THAT AND ACT LIKE SHE IS TEN.SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF.YOUR PARENTS ARE SUPPOSE TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THERE CHILDREN NOT USE AND ABUSE THEM. THE SO CALLED FATHER IS SO VERY NASTY AND ABUSIVE TO HIS CHILDREN RIGHT IN PUBLIC I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WENT ON FOR SO LONG AND NOBODY DID A DAM THING.A DECADE REALLY THERE YOUNGEST SON IS ONLY FIVE.I THINK WHAT THEY BOTH NEED IS A DAILY SOAP BAR AND SOCK TREAMENT!!!! MAKE THESE TWO SUFFER THE REST OF THERE LIVES!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen.

Anonymous said...

Why do we keep allowing people on welfare and disability to keep having kids. We need to bring back CC Camps and give people pride in themselves. We all think it is perfectly fine to allow dirtbags to live off of our money and chainsmoke. If my child goes to the dentist I pay. If a welfare leach goes. Then no charge. What the heck?

Anonymous said...

To look at all the comments on here.... well first of all, you can all sit and say how did this go on for so long, those poor kids, it is sickening to see how they are treated in public, blah blah blah.... BUT how many of you turned a blind eye? How many of YOU stepped in and called the police or CYS and attempted to get those babies help? Very few of you IF ANY stepped in! When you seen her or him swearing at them or slapping them in public did YOU bother to say... WHOA what the hell are you doing to that child? Nope pretty sure you didn't... the whole damn town is to blame, NOT MANY tried to help! The kids were let the hell down by the WHOLE town! It takes a COMMUNITY remember? And all we can ALL do now, is sit back and PRAY the DA and Judge dont let it go now! I dont even care if THEY go to jail/prison as long as those babies DO NOT go back... they need to lose those babies and ALL RIGHTS to them! As things go right now, the kids are with a CLOSE family friend (who will be excellent to them) how ever, doubtful she will step over the mother and tell her to back off! The parents are ALLOWED to go be with the kids anytime for any length of time as long as they arent alone but in the situation they are in, this situation makes no sense! But of course it was all at the hands of CYS, who has for some odd reason protected the parents, never finding any fault when they are called out. SMH! Corrupt system! PRAYERS for the babies..... and as for the parents, could care less what takes place as long as the kids are placed somewhere!

Anonymous said...

These parents were turned in to CYS many times, I personally can attest to that. CYS is who dropped the ball on this one as did the courts. The father was charged with multiple counts of abusing these children last year and it was thrown out of court, even with county workers in the home witnessing the abuse. I agree with 12:00 these children are not safe with family members. The parents still have access to them and the ability to fill their heads with crap. The entire system has and will continue to fail these children. Yes these children have issues but 5 of them come on. Parenting is the issue here and these kids and this family had services for over a decade. These parents never wanted help and are great manipulators. All these kids were to them was a paycheck.