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Frankenmuth woman charged with torturing abusing 2 foster children

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on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 07:26
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SAGINAW — A Frankenmuth Township woman has been arraigned on charges of torture and first-degree child abuse of her two foster children.

Kathleene Mary Schattilly, 47, entered a not guilty plea Monday to two counts each of torture and first-degree child abuse, felonies that carry maximum penalties of life and 15 years in prison, respectively.

The Frankenmuth Police Department reported that an investigation began in May 2011 regarding child abuse allegations made by two inhabitants of a home on the 5200 block of Reimer.

After a visit to the Frankenmuth Township home to gather evidence, Frankenmuth police worked with Saginaw County Child Protective Services to remove two children from the home in mid-May, police said.

The torture charges allege that Schattilly did with intent to cause cruel or extreme physical or mental pain and suffering, inflict great bodily injury or severe mental pain or suffering upon said victim who was within her custody or physical control, her warrant states.

The child abuse charges allege that Schattilly did knowingly and intentionally cause serious physical or mental harm to said victim being a child, the warrant states.

Frankenmuth Police Detective Randy Flathau said that he was "led to believe" that the two alleged victims were Schattilly's foster children. Flathau said Schattilly did not have any other foster children.

Further details of the alleged abuse are not being released at this time, the Frankenmuth Police Department said.

In arraigning Schattilly on Monday, Saginaw County District Judge Kyle Higgs Tarrant held her on a $100,000 or 10 percent bond. Schattilly posted the bond Monday through a bonding agency and remained free today.

She's scheduled for a Feb. 10 preliminary hearing before Chief District Judge M. Randall Jurrens.