Charges laid, kids removed from orthodox Mennonite community in Manitoba
A partly built Amish home sits in a quarter-section near Plumas, Manitoba. (Winnipeg Free Press / Ken Gigliotti)
Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:33AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:42AM EDT
WINNIPEG -- Few details are being released about children who've been removed from an orthodox Mennonite community in southern Manitoba.
Two adults from the community were charged in March with various counts of assault and assault with a weapon on several boys and girls between July 2011 and January of this year.
More adults now face charges of assaulting youngsters using items such as cattle prods and leather straps.
Manitoba Family Services won't say how many kids have been taken into care. It says child protection staff are working with the families and kids involved as an ongoing RCMP investigation continues.
RCMP are not ruling out more charges, saying the investigation is not over.
The allegations against the accused have not been proven in court.
The identities of the alleged victims are shielded by a court-ordered publication ban. The Canadian Press is not naming the accused or the small community where they live.