North Newton couple sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for child abuse

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) A North Newton couple is sentenced to nearly three years in prison for abusing three children they adopted from Peru.

On Thursday, a Harvey County judge sentenced James Nachtigal 32 months in prison on each count against him. In August, he pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.

His wife, Paige, was sentenced to 32 months for child abuse and 32 months for aiding and abetting abuse of a child.

The couple heard statements from several witnesses during there sentencing.

North Newton Police Chief Randy Jordan appeared visibly upset on the stand. He cried when he talked about the condition the children in which the children were found when they were taken from the Nachtigal home.

The couple's biological son also testified in court. He said things changed in the home when the three adopted children moved in. He said he heard spanking and often saw the kids doing a lot of cleaning. He also said the children were forced to wake up early to do push ups and sit ups.

Two of the adopted children gave statements to the judge about why they think the parents should go to jail.

A pediatrician who examined the children after they were taken from the home said two of the children had several fractures, broken bones and were malnourished with sores and open wounds on their bodies from excessive exercise and abuse.

"In my opinion, with my training and expertise was extremely severe," said pediatrician Dr. Kerri Weeks. "I feel like these children very likely would have died I he would not have been removed from the home when he did."

In a statement to the judge, James Nachtigal said he felt remorseful and sorry for the pain he caused the kids.

Paige told the judge she was not prepared to deal with the behavior of the adopted children and said she had no excuses only remorse.

The Nachtigals will serve their sentences concurrently.

A judge denied their request for probation saying a line had been crossed that cannot be tolerated, and their crimes were too severe.