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Children removed from home

Scott Seitz • Aug 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Five children, who are the suspected victims of abuse, have been removed from a Jefferson Street home.

The children, who range in age from 3 to 13, were the subject of a shelter-care hearing Wednesday at Huron County Juvenile Court.

Two girls, ages 13 and 10, indicated during police questioning they were sexually abused by Justin Collins, 19, and Jason Wooten, 36, both of 37 Jefferson St.

Collins is facing charges of rape and unlawful contact with a minor and remains in custody at the Huron County Jail. He must post a $125,000 bond before being released.

Wooten has been charged with gross sexual imposition through Norwalk Municipal Court and four counts of rape and seven counts of gross sexual imposition through Bellevue Municipal Court. He is incarcerated at the jail in lieu of posting a $230,000 bond.

The alleged incidents took place over a four-year period in Norwalk, Bellevue and possibly Lakewood.

Chris Mushett, juvenile court administrator, said at least the two elder girls disclosed to their mother, who was also living at the Jefferson Street residence, that they were being sexually abused.

“Despite the mother’s knowledge, she took no action to protect her children,” Mushett said.

“The court found the (five) children to be the (alleged) victims of abuse, neglect and dependence,” Mushett said.

The court placed the 13- and 10-year-old in the custody of their father.

Judge Timothy Cardwell ruled a 4- and 3-year-old, girl and boy, who were Wooten’s children, be placed in the custody of an aunt, as well as a fifth child, a girl, 5.

The mother is only permitted supervised visitation with the children through the Department of Job and Family Services, Mushett said.

All the children will undergo a sex-abuse evaluation, he added.

The case is due back in court at 1 p.m. Sept. 12.

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