(Lillington, NC) -- Authorities say a North Carolina woman starved, beat and regularly locked three adopted her children in a room over more than a year while her ex-husband worked overseas.
The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 37-year-old Leslie Tiesler of Cameron was charged after a long investigation involving the county's social services agency.
Tiesler was arrested last week and charged with three counts of child abuse. She is jailed with bail set at $1 million. An attorney listed on jail records as representing Tiesler did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Tiesler had four adopted and one biological child. A 14-year-old and two 13-year-olds who were adopted told officers they were starved, beaten with a wooden spoon, and locked away in rooms.