Five adults in Pennsylvania were recently charged after allegedly forcing five young children to watch them have sex and shooting the kids with a BB gun, Philadelphia television station KYW reported.
The alleged physical and sexual abuse occurred between March and May of this year, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan told the TV station on Friday.
The three men and two women were accused of performing sex acts in front of the kids — who were between the ages of 1 and 10 — as they were watching movies.
“Two of the adult defendants (were) having sexual acts in front of the children in front of a TV,” Whelan told the station. “While these children are supposed to be watching movies, they would perform sex on each other, right in front of the children.”
He stated in another disturbing incident, one of the women was held down and forced to perform a sex act on a 2-year-old boy as his diaper was being changed, according to Whelan.
“They grabbed the child, the child is naked, and they forced the child on top of the female, and forced his private part into the face of the female,” Whelan said told KYW.
The children were also also allegedly physically abused, including one time in which they were shot with a BB gun as a form of discipline, according to Whelan.
The television station identified the suspects as 31-year-old Shakia Jackson, 24-year-old Daryl Carter, 22-year-old Danielle Hammond, 22-year-old Mark Isom and 23-year-old William Wade.
The two women were charged with endangering the welfare of children and corruption of the morals of a minor. In addition to those offenses, the three men were charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.
“What their acts have caused these children to endure is outrageous and shocks the conscience,” Whelan said.