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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A mother and her wife abused four young children and allowed two friends to whip the children with tree branches while they watched and laughed, according to police.

The children’s mother, Krishanna Walker, 25, her partner, Candace Walker, 29, and their two friends— Stephen Wolfe, 21, and Sabrina Simmons, 22 – are charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

None of the four are in police custody and warrants were issued Sunday for their arrests.

The four young children are ages 8, 7, 6 and 4 had both old and new injuries when their grandparents took them to University Hospitals for treatment on Sept. 12, according to police.

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services social workers removed the children from their home on Aug. 22 and a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge approved their removal four days later.

The Walkers were accused of whipping the four children’s legs with tree branches, according to court records. Krishanna Walker also hit the 4-year-old boy in the head, according to court records. A social worker wrote in an affidavit filed in court that the Walkers “minimized the injuries” to the four children.

The children were living with their grandparents, who took them to the University Hospitals on Sept. 13 to be treated for their injuries, according to police reports.

Once at the hospital, Cleveland police officers interviewed the four children, according to police reports.

All four told police that their mother and her partner repeatedly hit them with wooden sticks, tree branches and belts on the back and buttocks and that they punched, slapped and scratched them, according to police reports.

The children also told police that the Walkers allowed Wolfe and his girlfriend Simmons to hit the children with sticks, according to police. Their mother watched and laughed as the couple hit them, police reports say.

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