Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oleksandr Kozlov & Lyudmila Kozlova Arreted for Child Abuse

Two Salem parents have been accused of assault, criminal mistreatment and other crimes after their three oldest children called police and complained of physical abuse, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said today.

"The kids had basically made a plan," said Lt. Sheila Lorance. "Essentially they ran away. They got to a phone and called 9-1-1."

Oleksandr Kozlov and Lyudmila Kozlova were arrested Tuesday and their seven children were taken into custody by the Oregon Department of Human Services. Kozlov and Kozlova also face accusations of unlawful use of a weapon and coercion.

Police were called to a PetSmart in Salem on Sunday after the three oldest children -- ages 15, 14 and 13 -- reported that they had been abused since the family moved to the United States from Ukraine in 2003, according to the sheriff's office. Three of the younger children are 11, 10 and nine years old. An infant is about a week old.


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