A Pennsylvania couple was sentenced to 10 to 21 years each for abusing their infant twin daughters in what the judge described as “one of the most horrific examples of child abuse that I’ve ever seen,” reports Fox43.
Melissa Shales, 26, inflicted injuries that gave the girls multiple broken bones before they were two months old. The girls, now 17 months old and beginning to walk, still need therapy, Fox43 reports.
Her husband, Michael Shales, 31, did not seek medical attention for his daughters after witnessing the abuse at the hands of his wife. Additionally, Michael Shales, while high on heroin, tore the throat of one of the girls with a pair of pliers while trying to remove a piece of gauze, reports the Bucks County Courier Times.
The girl has been on a feeding tube since the injury, the paper reports.
“Their two months of life with their parents was torture,” Deputy District Attorney Chelsey D. Jackman said, according to Fox43. “Nothing short of torture.”
On May 22, the couple pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, according to a press release from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
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