Newville woman arrested, accused of abusing three children


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LOWER MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A Newville woman has been arrested, accused of abusing her three adopted children aged six, seven, and nine years old.

Shelley Noreika is being charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, endangering the welfare of children, and simple assault. The charges come after the children went through therapy sessions when they were removed from Noreika’s home in February.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Noreika committed several disturbing acts against the children including having them sit or put their hands on a hot stove, striking them with a wooden paddle and backscratcher on their feet, hands, and buttocks, and biting their fingers.

State Police say one child had their stomach stepped on and was instructed to “do a seizure” which involved the child turning their feet inward while walking to make them appear handicapped. Police also say the other two children were strangled with one of them being slammed to the ground and passing out.

Noreika has been committed to Cumberland County Prison on $25,000 bail. State Police have confirmed that Noreika has been previously charged with assault against a child and was accused of lying about her daughter’s health to collect donations. She now faces a total of 21 charges in the three cases filed against her with 15 of them being felonies.

Her husband, David Noreika has also been charged with abuse in one of the previous cases. Both Shelley and David Noreika are scheduled to be in court on July 15 for preliminary hearings.

You can view the criminal complaints here.

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