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Manchester parents accused of child abuse

The following photos of Melissa and Matthew Dumont were provided by the Manchester Police Department. The following photos of Melissa and Matthew Dumont were provided by the Manchester Police Department.

A Manchester couple has been arrested for abusing their three adopted children including two of them, who have physical disabilities and autism.

According to police, Melissa and Matthew Dumont are accused of slapping the children and shoving them into furniture and walls. 

Matthew Dumont was arrested last week, while Melissa Dumont was taken into police custody at the end of May.

The three children, who are ages 13, 14 and 17, were removed from the home on Hendee Road after the parents were arrested. None of them are related to each other.

"One of the boys walked ahead of the kids, kind of wanted to be by himself,"
said neighbor Carol Setsky, who added he was surprised to learn about the allegations.

On Thursday, the arrest warrants were released and revealed some disturbing allegations against the Dumonts.

Melissa Dumont is accused of scratching the youngest child with her nails as a form of discipline. Police said she exposed her breasts in front of that same child in an attempt to humiliate her and also rubbed her breasts against the child.

Matthew Dumont is accused of head-butting one of the disabled children, placing him in a headlock, and shoving him up against the kitchen counters. Police said Matthew Dumont knew that child's medical condition causes him to suffer significant pain to his lower back.

Eyewitness News tried to talk to the couple, but no one came to the door.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News the couple has lived on the street for about five years. Police said Matthew Dumont told them he lost his job and has been unemployed for years.

"Something like that happens to a family and it's sad," said a neighbor, who only wanted to identified as Miguel.

The home is not licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families because we are told the children were not placed by DCF.

The children may have been privately adopted, but DCF is involved now because of the charges.

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