Judge Said They Were Not a Flight Risk – Really? The House is Now Empty and a UHaul had been Backed up to the door

Yukon Couple Accused Of Beating, Burning Kids Now Free On Bond

YUKON, Oklahoma — Many are outraged a judge set a bond of $9,000 each for a Yukon couple accused of horrible child abuse.

John and Sonja Kluth have bonded out of jail. They are accused of abusing their three adopted children. Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said he could not understand why the bond was set so low. He said he was told the judge did not see the Kluths as a flight risk, but Edwards disagreed.

“I can just tell you there are no vehicles at the property today, the U-Haul trucks gone, and so is a lot of their personal property,” Edwards said.

Deputies arrested the Kluths after a long, intensive three-month investigation. It started after one of the couple’s adopted children ran away. In November 2010, a worker at a Braums store on Northwest Expressway near Council found the bruised, malnourished boy sitting in a box near the trash.

“I went to go try to move the box and I thought, ‘Well, it’s heavy.’ I was thinking, hopefully, there’s not a body in there,” Carla Mendenhall said.

Mendenhall said she was horrified after hearing the boy’s story, and what the Kluths are accused of doing to him and his younger brother and sister.

“I said did somebody beat you up? And he said no, and I said it looks like somebody beat you up. And he said, no, nobody beat me up. He kept asking, ‘What’s going to happen to me now?'” Mendenhall said.

Court papers stated John and Sonja Kluth beat and burned the children at their rural Yukon home, kept them locked outside in a storm cellar, and forced them to eat dog and cat food. The children are currently in state custody. The couple adopted the children — who are currently nine, 11 and 15 years old — when they lived in Wisconsin. They received $4,500 per month to care for them.

John Kluth is a mail carrier. The U.S. Postal Service released a statement confirming Kluth is an employee, but is not currently carrying mail.

The Kluths are scheduled to be back in court in March.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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