Jury selection starts in Yukon child abuse case

Oklahoman Published: June 11, 2012

EL RENO (AP) — Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Canadian County couple accused of abusing their three adopted children.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports that proceedings began Monday in the trial of John and Sonja Kluth. Both face child abuse and neglect charges.

Prosecutors claim that the couple burned, beat and cut their children, who were 9, 11 and 15 at the time. An affidavit says the two boys told authorities they were confined in a dark cellar for up to seven months at a time.

The couple was arrested after the oldest son was found sleeping in a box behind a restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City.

The couple has pleaded not guilty.

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