Who is John Kraft? Man allegedly buried daughter, 6, alive as punishment, choked her until she passed out

Who is John Kraft? Man allegedly buried daughter, 6, alive as punishment, choked her until she passed out
A girl, 6, has claimed her father John Kraft committed horrific acts of abuse including burying her alive at night (Greene County Sheriff's Office)

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WAYNESBURG, PENNSYLVANIA: John Kraft, a Pennsylvania man, allegedly beat his six-year-old daughter before burying her alive in the yard. In order to examine the horrifying allegations made by the six-year-old girl who told police she was cruelly abused for years, Pennsylvania authorities have detained John Kraft after his daughter told the police that her father would bury her alive in a pit at night, leaving her to smell like filth, and has accused him of "barbaric" acts of torture. 

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After speaking to the child, authorities charged Kraft with several felonies, including aggravated assault and strangulation, as reported by the US Sun. The case is being regarded as one of the worst Greene County has ever seen, according to the district attorney. "There are numerous allegations that are very severe and barbaric in nature," Greene County District Attorney David Russo told WTAE.

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Russo highlighted the upsetting events that took place at a house on Tollgate Run in Waynesburg, describing them as one of the worst cases he has ever seen. “It is alleged that he had brutally beaten a child, that the child was choked to the point of unconsciousness, that the child's head was slammed off the floor and off the wall, that the child was buried in the backyard as punishment. One allegation even states that the child was thrown in a hole and left in a hole overnight,” Russo said. 

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Social workers discovered serious injuries on the six-year-old girl's face and torso last month in September, according to authorities, and that is when the inquiry got underway. When state police took up the investigation, the child's sibling reportedly informed detectives that after Kraft had left his sister in a hole one night, she had returned home smelling like sewage. In a disturbing criminal complaint, it was stated that when Kraft believed the girl was lying, "he would bury her in the yard," according to the girl and her sibling, who were questioned by police two weeks ago. According to authorities, she allegedly told investigators that her father would beat her with a belt and his operated-on arm, which had a metal rod in it. 

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"My office has always taken a strong stance against child abuse," said Russo. "We will not tolerate it in our county, and this individual will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." Russo stated that the kids are now secure but made no mention of the mother. They have been placed in foster care, as per local reports. In addition to other allegations, Kraft is accused of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and strangulation. The Greene County Jail is where he is being detained. His bond has been set at $125,000.

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