Family charged in abuse of adopted Liberian girls
BY ANN KELLEY NewsOK.com
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
9/29/09 at 4:25 AM
FAIRVIEW — A family is charged with several crimes in what authorities allege constituted physical and sexual abuse of five Liberian girls whom the parents adopted in 2005.
Andee Verlon Tyler, 51, and his wife, Penny Tyler, 46, face felony child-abuse charges. Their son, Ashton Malachi Tyler, 20, is charged with rape by instrumentation. Their daughter, Nathania Dellare Tyler, 21, is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
An officer with an area NAACP chapter claims that the five Liberian-born sisters, ranging in age from 5 to 15, are victims of an international child slavery scam.
Authorities allege that the crimes include one of the girls' being tied to chairs and bedposts and denied meals as punishment; and that at age 11, she allegedly was made to sleep outside in the cold for stealing a cookie from the kitchen.
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Andee Verlon Tyler (from left), Penny Tyler, Ashton Malachi Tyler and Nathania Dellare Tyler: They face felony and misdemeanor charges involving five Liberian girls.