Wife of dead Pierce County firefighter charged

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors in Tacoma, Wash., have charged the wife of a Pierce County firefighter who killed himself while been investigated over allegations he sexually abused the couple’s two adopted daughters.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/n3LnRo) the Eatonville woman faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of tampering with a witness, unlawful imprisonment and criminal mistreatment.

She is accused of covering up the alleged molestation, hitting the couple’s 12-year-old daughter with a metal spatula and locking their 14-year-old daughter in a bedroom for up to a week without food, water or access to a bathroom.

The sheriff’s office says the Central Pierce Fire and Rescue lieutenant killed himself in June while he was under investigation.

The Associated Press is not naming the couple to protect the identity of the children.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com