Couple found guilty of cruelty to children sentenced to probation
by Shaka S. Lias
Jun 01, 2011 | 3624 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The daughter of a couple found guilty on five counts of cruelty to children spoke on her parents' behalf Tuesday in Bartow County Superior Court.

Jurors found Karen Sue Resler and William Mitch Resler guilty on May 19 of abusing their 7-year-old daughter in 2008. The couple, parents of four children appeared in Judge Carey Nelson's courtroom Tuesday for sentencing.

Their eldest daughter begged the judge to have mercy on her parents.

The 23-year-old woman said when her parents were found guilty she had to deliver the news to her younger sister, who is the victim in this case.

"The first thing she said to me is, 'Where is my mom and dad?'" the woman said through tears. " I didn't know how to tell her."

The woman said the little girl, now 10 years old, wants her parents to come home, as do the other siblings.

According to the Resler's attorney, Chris Paul, Karen Resler struck her daughter on top of the head with an object, causing lacerations.

The indictment states the incident happened on Feb. 2, 2008. William Mitch Resler was charged with being party to a crime. He also was indicted for failing to seek medical attention for the head injury of the child.

According to court testimony, the Reslers do not have a history of child abuse.

Judge Nelson scolded the couple for their actions and voiced his concerns to Assistant District Attorney Sharon Fox about the case taking two years to be indicted.

He sentenced the couple to 10 years probation and ordered them each to pay a $1,000 fine.

In addition, each must undergo a psychological evaluation within 60 days and follow any recommendations from the evaluation. They also must attend and complete a parenting class and submit to a welfare check at any time by the North Carolina Department of Social Services.

The couple's four children, including the victim, were in the courtroom. Judge Nelson also ordered that the victim undergo a psychological evaluation.

The oldest daughter described her parents as her best friends and heroes.

"They bend over backwards to do whatever they can do for us," she said.