ARCHBALD -- Two people were arrested for abusing a little girl and two boys in their care and this comes only months after that 3-year-old girl was removed from her mother's home when the mom was arrested for neglect.
This time it is the little girl's father and his wife who are under arrest, charged with abusing the girl and two boys in their care.
Narda and Michael Wallace had three children living at their home in Archbald and last night were charged with child abuse, accused of repeatedly beating the 9 year old and 5-year-old boys and a 3-year-old girl who came to them about four months.
She's the daughter of Joan Gensiak of Taylor who was arrested earlier this year in one of the most shocking neglect cases police say they've ever seen.
In a matter of hours after hearing allegations, Archbald police had Narda and Michael Wallace in handcuffs and charged them with assault and endangering the welfare of children.
The three children the couple had between them were rushed out of their home in the Valley View Estates mobile home park in Archbald. The 9 year old and 5-year-old boys told investigators they were often punched but the 3-year-old girl got the real beating.
According to court papers, the boys told police Narda Wallace would hit the girl with hangers and wooden spoons, pour hot sauce on her tongue, and would sometimes make her sleep on the kitchen floor.
This all came to light when a teacher from Jermyn Head Start spotted bruises on the girl.
"Right from the beginning, the teacher observed the injury and knew what their role was, passed it on, and you see the end result now," said Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently.
The arrest of Narda and Michael Wallace is the end result of what's been an apparently tumultuous year for that 3-year-old girl.
Police say she was removed from her mother's home a few months ago when her mother, Joan Gensiak, along with Susan and Rebecca Gensiak were arrested for starving their brother and son to death in Taylor.
So, police say the girl was taken to live with her father Michael Wallace.
Dickson City police are investigating to see if Narda Wallace is the woman is surveillance video using a stolen credit card last month at CVS in the borough.
Now, Wallace is accused of abusing a child who came to her home looking for a safe haven.
Narda and Michael Wallace's three children are now in protective custody, while the couple is behind bars facing a long list of child abuse charge.s They're expected back in court next week.