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Harbor Springs Adoptive Parents Accused Of Child Abuse

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What initially began as a missing child investigation in Harbor Springs resulted in police arresting two parents for child abuse.

Phil and Kimberly Loesch are charged with three counts second degree child abuse.

In mid-July, police were called to the Loesch home for a missing adopted 13 year old boy.

Sheriff Pete Wallin says he received several tips as to why the boy went missing.

After the boy was found, investigators arrested and Phil and Kimberly for child abuse.  

The Emmet County Sheriff's Department says Phillip and Kimberly are accused of abusing that adopted son, along with another young boy and a teenage girl, who were also adopted.

According to court documents, Phillip and Kimberly required the three children to ask to use the restroom, limited their food and drink, and physically beat them. They also were not allowed to socialize with Loesch's biological children.
 
The Michigan Department of Human Services says adoptive families are required to participate in family assessments, document the applicants ability to be a parent, and show their ability to provide a stable home for the children. They also have to pass a number of background checks.
 
However, once the adoption is complete, oversight by the department of human services is over.
 
The sheriffs department says the young boys have been removed from the home and the older female left the home when she became an adult.
 
Philip and Kimberly are out on $10,000 bond. 

They are to be formally charged on October 11. 

Sheriff Wallin is asking for anyone with information to call 231-439-8900.
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