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Yukon couple set for trial on child abuse charges

EL RENO — A Yukon couple accused of abusing their three adopted children are set to go to trial on child abuse and neglect charges.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 7, 2012
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EL RENO — A Yukon couple accused of abusing their three adopted children are set to go to trial on child abuse and neglect charges.

A local television station reports that the trial for John and Sonja Kluth is scheduled to begin Monday in El Reno. The husband and wife are accused of abusing their two sons and one daughter.

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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