Local mother, son accused of sexually assaulting foster children

Local mother, son accused of sexually assaulting foster children



Eau Claire (WQOW) - A foster mom and her son are accused of sexually assaulting foster children in their rural Eau Claire home.

Jane Howard and her son Joshua Howard, 21, are under court orders not to have any contact with children after a hearing Thursday.

Four former foster children recently told investigators Joshua Howard sexually assaulted them numerous times at the home on Olson Drive. The boys ranged in age from seven to 12 years old. Some say he would deny them access to video games unless they complied. And one of the boys told detectives the assaults, "Ruined his life." He also says his foster father witnessed the activity but did nothing about it.

Police say Joshua Howard admitted to sexual activity with one of the boys when Howard was 14 or 15, but denied assaulting the others.

Meantime, one of the same children says Jane Howard sexually assaulted him twice. He says she threatened to kill him if he told anyone.