From Portage Northern.
Andrews family guilty of child abuse, children sayBy MICHAEL ROSENBERG AND MARK SNYDER
FREE PRESS INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS
The Andrews family consistently has abused their four children with excessive housework, extreme dietary restrictions, unreasonable curfews and limited cell phone and internet access, numerous children have told the Free Press.
Some of the Andrews children approached the Free Press at a weekend barbeque and described outrageous restrictions and mandatory work in excess of federal child labor laws. Child labor laws are put in place to protect children’s well being and ensure adequate free time.
The children, who did not want to be identified because they feared further repercussions from their parents, said violations occurred routinely at the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.
“It’s like so unfair,” one child said. “I have to clean my room and help with the dishes like every day. I get like no allowance and all of my friends can stay out way later than I can. My mom is so lame; she like totally goes through my emails and texts. I hate her so much. I wish you would rat her out like with that football thing my dad keeps bitching about.”
That child was one of the three Andrews children who gave lengthy, detailed, and nearly identical descriptions of the household policies to the Free Press.
“Screw off Rosenberg. Why don’t you go sit in the corner and eat all my shrimp like your douchebag buddy Snyder,” Mr. Andrews said when approached by the Free Press at the barbeque.
If Child Services investigates and concludes that the Andrews violated child labor laws and are guilty of child abuse, the children could be removed from the home and the Andrews could face lengthy jail time.
The Free Press has contacted child services and demanded a full investigation of the allegations.