JOHN AND SONJA KLUTH BEAT AND TORTURED THEIR THREE ADOPTED CHILDREN – CCA0015
John and Sonja Kluth had their own reasons for adopting three children. Most people approach adoption looking to be a parent, to help children and give those less fortunate children a family. A family where they can experience unconditional love and acceptance. These were not the reasons for the Kluths. The Kluths’ three adopted children were forced to endure horrific abuse and torture.
The three children were adopted in Wisconsin allowing the Kluths to collect $1500 per child monthly, which I’m sure plays no small part in why the children were adopted in the first place. The Kluths also have three adult biological children. When one of their sons, Bill was located, he revealed that the Kluths were being investigated in the state of Wisconsin, so they fled to Oklahoma. He stated his parents were just out for the money. The man shows no sympathy for his parents, stating “They’re going to get what they deserve.”
No one ever reported the abuse, it only came to light when the 15 year old boy ran away and was later found sleeping in a box behind a retail store. When police came to the scene and approached this little boy, he refused to go home, his terror clearly obvious. Upon further inspection of the boy, he was found to have a broken hand, scars on his abdomen where he was cut with a knife, scars on his abdomen and back where he was burned with utensils, injuries on his neck where he had been strangled and swelling to his deformed fingers from being smashed repeatedly with a mallet. The boy was extremely malnourished, and was no bigger than a 10 year old. Horrified by what they saw and the story this little boy told them of his life, authorities went to the Kluths’ home.
Upon investigation of the home, it was found that the 15 year old boy, his 11 year brother and 9 year sister endured daily torture leaving them clinging to life. The children were forced to sleep in dog crates in the home’s cellar and were forced to go to the bathroom in their crates like animals. The children were left for long periods of time without food, and when food was brought to them, they boys were forced to eat dog food and the girl forced to eat cat food. The extremely malnourished and weak children were forced to run laps carrying heavy bricks and were beaten with the buckle end of a belt or a broomstick until the lost consciousness. It was the 15 year old boy that seemed to get the worst of the torture. The Kluths burned his tongue with heated kitchen utensils, squeezed his tongue and testicles with pliers, smashed his fingers and toes with a mallet and routinely punched and kicked the boy. He was encouraged to commit suicide. Sonja Kluth was also fond of choking the children. The 11 year old boy suffered similar abuse, as did the girl. The 9 year old girl had an earring ripped from her ear on one occasion, and was bashed in the face with a phone on another occasion. The Kluths found it amusing to each grab an end of a child and hurl them across the carpets to give them rug burn. All three of the children were whipped with a horse whip while being told to “take it like a slave”. The children had their heads banged into doors, walls and countertops.
These three children suffered from such horrific abuse that they will have some permanent physical damage. Doctors noted that due to malnourishment, the children’s bone growth has been stunted.
When the Kluths were taken into custody and questioned about the abuse and torture, Sonja Kluth admitting to becoming a monster because that kind of discipline was necessary to keep the children under control. John Kluth said it was a wall of discipline in the home. The two were each arrested for three counts each of child abuse and neglect. The case will be going forward to a jury trial. However, for some reason, the torture these children were forced to endure doesn’t seem to be such a big deal to the courts. Sonja Kluth was released on a $9,000.00 bail and John Kluth released on a $7,500.00 bail. I hope the judge and prosecutor’s that allowed this are ashamed at the concern they gave these children. It takes a nasty, cold hearted person to allow such monsters to go free without even a slap on the wrist.
The Kluths have been convicted of child abuse and neglect. Sonja Kluth was sentenced to life in prison, and John Kluth was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The oldest boy who was tortured by the Kluth’s, found the courage to testify, showing jurors his many scars and recounting the nightmare he was forced to live, ensuring that these monsters went to prison. Personally, I say give me the meat mallet and leave me alone in a room with these two. Better yet, let’s charge people $20 for 10 minutes alone with these two, and give every penny to the children that they tortured. Nothing can ever be done to obtain justice for these children, but getting these monsters off the street is a great start.