An Oconto County couple will face trial on charges of abusing and neglecting the man's young children.
Thirty-three-year-old Shawn Paholke and 31-year-old Jennifer Fendryk together are charged with 23 felonies relating to the treatment of Paholke's daughters, ages 5 and 7.
A criminal complaint said an investigation began earlier this year when a social worker noticed that the younger girl appeared to be severely underweight. It said the 5-year-old told investigators she was locked in her dark bedroom and allowed out only to use the bathroom, scrub the floor and exercise. The 7-year-old girl told authorities her father used zip ties to tie her to a pole and to discipline her.
WLUK-TV reported that the two waived their right to a preliminary hearing in Oconto County Circuit Court Wednesday.