Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 17th, 2019
On Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 Diane Combs and Tim Combs a husband and wife who were considered one of the “go-to” foster families of Dearborn County, in the City of Lawrenceburg, Indiana will be moving to their new home which is in prison.
According to officials, Diane Combs and Tim Combs were convicted after being caught on camera abusing two of their young foster children. The couple later admitted to the abuse.
Subsequently, on Tuesday in Dearborn County Superior Court 56-year-old Diane Combs pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated battery. Thusly, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, during a hearing earlier this month Diane’s husband, Tim Combs, entered a guilty plea to battery charges and was sentenced to 13 years.
According to information received, on Tuesday one of the most compelling statements in courtroom came in the form of a victim impact statement.
Apparently, a woman, who is now in the process of adopting these two abuse survivors in the video, wanted the court to know that “monsters don’t live under beds; they walk around in human form.”
Subsequently, investigators believe their foster home was a house of horrors, torment and if not for video of the abuse, prosecutors may not have been able to build a case.
However, the lingering and overwhelming question; is could there be other children who were abused by this family? It is said, a teenage foster child in the house shot the video.
However, excerpts from one video shows a 4-year-old boy is slapped hard enough to be knocked to the ground, and the reasons was he wet himself.
Additionally, Lynn Deddens, Dearborn County Prosecutor said, “Then, her actually taking the dirty pull-ups and shoving it into his mouth, and forcing him to do squat(s).”
Deddens continued to say, “Diane and Tim Combs had dozens of foster children in their home over the course of four years.”
Deddens added accusations of abuse had been made before but were not substantiated.
Also, Deddens said. “These were children that had been taken away from their parents, because mom and dad have issues, and sometimes these children aren’t always believed.”
According to information received, the video was extremely shocking to some, simply because the Combs has gained the confidence of other foster parents as the “go-to family” for kids in need.
In Deddens lamentation she said, “There was a shortage of foster families we’re no different than any other community and if someone needed to get placed somewhere, the Combs were the ‘go-to family.”
Pursuant to life in prison, Diane Combs was given a sentence of 12 years of probation to be served after her release, and ordered to have contact with any of the foster children for whom she previously cared.
Miraculously, the two boys captured in the video who were the central focus to this case are now with a new family that are working to adopt them.
Court records suggest, the new family of the boys are not victims, but survivors who found the courage to roar.