Dad ‘buried daughter, 6, alive and beat her with bionic arm’ in horror abuse

A sick dad allegedly abused his daughter by burying her alive and beating her with his metal-reinforced arm to punish her in "barbaric" fashion.

On Friday, October 21, police swooped on John Edward Kraft, 50, of Waynesburg, Greene County, in the US state of Pennsylvania, for the sick crimes, reports stated.

He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of strangulation, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Greene County District Attorney David Russo told local media: “There are numerous allegations that are very severe and barbaric in nature.”

He added: "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."

Kraft was arrested after the six-year-old's siblings reportedly told police about the brutal punishments he meted out.

He would "bury her in the yard when he believes that she is lying," the child herself told investigators. Her siblings said the vile punishment would leave her "smelling like sewage".

The young victim also reportedly told investigators her dad would often whip her with a belt and beat her with his arm, which has a metal rod inside it after he had an operation.

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Russo told local media: "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.

"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. This is a barbaric situation."

The children also reportedly told police the young girl was often "choked to the point of unconsciousness" by Kraft.

The victim and her siblings have reportedly been taken into foster care, with the authorities declining to comment about the whereabouts of their mother.

Kraft is currently being held at the Greene County Jail with his bond set at USD 125,000. A hearing in front of a judge has been set for November 1.


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