TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The couple charged with abusing their two adopted children have been indicted by a Lucas County grand jury Thursday. The case is getting child abuse advocates to speak out and educate the public.
Joshua Waxler and his wife, Courtney, have been indicted on two counts each of endangering children. They both went free on bond, pending their next court date.
Detectives said the couple beat their 3 and 5-year-old daughters with an adult-sized shoe. Lead investigators said all of it was captured through a cell phone camera by a suspicious family member.
Child services said a complaint was filed on the couple in July of 2010, but it was not investigated until recently.
Child abuse experts said there are other children still being abused in the community and helping them starts with communication.
"If we never have these conversations, that's when the problems really begin to happen," explained Sandi Nugent, child abuse prevention coordinator at the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center located on Cherry Street in Toledo.
Nugent put together a program which is taught to first and third-graders about physical and sexual abuse. It teaches kids what kind of physical contact is OK and what is not.
"If they're feeling uncomfortable about the way somebody is touching them or treating them, the right thing to do is tell somebody and to realize that child abuse is never ever the child's fault," said Nugent.
Workers at the prevention center also educate groups that work around kids.
"If they have any suspicions, not only how to keep the children safe, but also help them know who should they bring in as employees or volunteers, and how do they deal with that, how do they pay attention to that, and what signs do they actually look for," said Nugent.
Anyone can contact the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center by calling 419-244-3053.
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