Man Allegedly Buried 6-Year-Old Daughter Alive as Punishment for ‘Lying’

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Police report that a Pennsylvania man beat, choked, and buried his young six-year-old little girl in the family’s yard all because he thought she was lying. According to David Russo District Attorney, it was a “barbaric situation.”

This horrific child abuse case happened in September in Waynesburg, PA.

A police report indicates that the girl told investigators that her father, fifty-year-old John Kraft, hit her with a belt.  He also used his arm which had a metal rod in it from a previous surgery to hit her, according to KDKA.

According to the daughter, he buried her overnight in a hole in the yard.

KDKA reported, “The allegations are that this child was beaten brutally, that the child had bruises all over her body, that she was choked to the point that she had passed out,” According to Greene County District Attorney David Russo.

Russo added that “She was buried in a hole as punishment. She was thrown in a hole overnight. Her head was slammed off the wall and slammed off the floor.”

Police interviewed the girl and a sibling two weeks ago. In the interview, they told them that Kraft had buried the girl in a backyard hole. The social workers observed severe bruising on the girl’s body and face in September.

The father would put the daughter in the hole in the yard as a cruel form of punishment. According to the police report, the girl said her father would leave her outside until she decided to tell the truth. When she came inside she was dirty and wreaked of sewage.

As reported by WPXI, Kraft has been charged with multiple things. He was charged with endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault, strangulation, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, and simple assault.

Russo concluded, “My office has always taken a strong stance against child abuse, we will not tolerate it in our county, and this individual will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to reports, the two children have been placed in foster care and John Kraft has been arrested.

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