Adoptive parents plead guilty in Kansas child abuse case

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A North Newton couple have pleaded guilty to a total of five felony charges of child abuse. 

Jim and Paige Nachtigal last year initially entered not guilty pleas to counts of abuse and torture. They were accused of systemic abuse of their three adopted Peruvian children at their home.

Doctors had previously diagnosed the children as victims of child torture.

The Nachtigals changed their pleas to guilty during a hearing late last week. Sentencing is scheduled for December 21. 

Documents detail abuse allegations against adoptive parents in North Newton

Previous story from July 14, 2016:

Court documents say the adoptive son of a Kansas couple begged his teacher to not make him go home from school on Fridays because he was terrified of them. 

Several witnesses say the 11-year-old was regularly beaten with a wooden spoon and had his arm broken after he ran away from his North Newton home. Harvey County District Judge Joe Dickinson on Wednesday released the arrest affidavit detailing accusations against James Nachtigal, who ran a home for the aging, and his wife, Paige Nachtigal. 

The Nachtigals were charged in February of 2016 with 12 felonies each, including child abuse, aggravated battery and child torture. 

Police: DCF received numerous reports on family

They are accused of abusing the boy and two other children they adopted from a Peruvian orphanage while working as international missionaries. Their McPherson-based attorney declined to comment Thursday.

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