Dale County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Caroline Jackson told WDHN-TV that investigators and officials from the Department of Human Services were informed that the three children made allegations against Ableman and Anderson regarding the suspected abuse. Jackson said there were "obvious marks of abuse on the children."
WDHN reports the victims are all younger than 12 years old. The two adults allegedly injured the children using a blowtorch, causing serious burns.
Jackson said, "This is a case of obvious torture to these children. We knew immediately that we had to intervene."
The Dale County Sheriff’s Office reportedly has been dealing with an increase in suspected child abuse cases since the school year started.
She told WDHN, "During the summer, the children were home with the abusers, so they didn’t have anyone to report the abuse to. Now that school has started back, the school is unfortunately some of the children’s safety zones, so they feel comfortable confiding in counselors and teachers at the school."
Bond has not been set yet for Ableman and Anderson.