Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Dave and Wonda Dixon on Wednesday morning, Oct. 3. They are charged with abusing one of their adopted children.
Authorities said 58-year-old Wonda and 62-year-old Dave Dixon are accused of withholding food and water from the child.
Sheriff Kelly Rowe said the Dixons have 10 adopted children, ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.
Rowe said all of the children have special needs. The children are now in the care of Child Protective Services.
CPS released this statement on Thursday:
Child Protective Services has removed 10 children from the Dixon home and placed them in foster care where they are all doing well.
The children include six boys ages 14, 14, 12, 8, 8 and 3; and four girls ages 12, 10, 5 and 5.
They were removed from the home 6 weeks ago due to concerns of severe physical and medical neglect related to a child not being fed and cared for properly. There were also abuse concerns related to inappropriate discipline that included spanking children with paddles, switches and water hoses.
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon do have CPS history. We received 4 reports alleging abuse and neglect during the last year and half. All of the allegations were ruled out.
All 10 children were previously foster children and were adopted by the Dixons, between December 2009 and July 2012.
The Dixons successfully completed the very stringent process to become an adoptive home. This includes training, background checks, CPS history check, home study, and adoptive placement "trial periods" with each child. Adoptions were consummated by a judge after hearing from caseworkers, attorneys, the parents and children involved.
It's heartbreaking to see parents break the promises they made to the courts, attorneys, caseworkers and most importantly the children - promises to love them, care for them and protect them forever as if they were their own.
Child Protective Services will be holding a hearing to consider these abuse allegations on Oct. 22.
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