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Kansas Parents Charged with Torturing Adopted Children

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — The head of a south-central Kansas home for the aging and his wife have been charged in a new criminal complaint with abusing three children they adopted from Peru. A revised complaint filed Thursday in Harvey County District Court charges Jim and Paige Nachtigal, of North Newton, each with 12 counts including child abuse and aggravated battery. They had previously been charged with three counts of child abuse. The new complaint adds two counts of child abuse that alleges James Nachtigal tortured the two 11-year-olds and his wife is charged with helping him. Seven aggravated battery counts were also added. Their defense attorneys did not return phone messages. Harvey County Attorney David Yoder says he has been advised that the defense plans to try to seal the entire court files.

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