Charges expanded against Illinois 'Home Alone' couple

February 10, 1993|By Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- The criminal charges against the "Home Alone" couple have expanded into the area of physical child abuse, including allegations that Sharon Schoo kicked, scratched and choked her daughters and that both parents confined their 9-year-old to a crawl space.

A Kane County grand jury yesterday returned a 64-count indictment charging Sharon Schoo on 39 counts and David Schoo on 25 counts. The charges include aggravated battery, misdemeanor battery and felony possession of marijuana.

The indictment also restated charges of child abandonment and endangerment that had been filed earlier by the state's attorney's office.

The indictment alleged that both parents beat Nicole, 9, and Diana, 4, with a belt and pulled the hair of the two youngsters.

Sharon Schoo, 35, and her 45-year-old husband were arrested upon their return from Mexico in December and accused of leaving their daughters home alone during a nine-day trip to Acapulco during the Christmas holidays.

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