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Former Central Point residents accused of abusing their adopted children

CENTRAL POINT — A former Central Point couple faces multiple felony charges stemming from allegations they physically and sexually abused two of their adopted children over a three-year period.

Christa Elizabeth Phillips was arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment under a grand jury indictment returned Oct. 24.

Her husband, Thomas Charles Phillips, faces the same charges, as well as two counts of first-degree sexual abuse — a Measure 11 crime.

According to a probable cause affidavit written by Central Point police Detective Michael Wojack, investigators learned in April that an 11-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in Idaho had reported being abused by the Phillipses, who recently had given the children back to their biological mother. By the time police learned of the alleged abuse, the Phillipses had moved to Colorado.

All of the alleged abuse is said to have occurred in the couple's former home in the 1700 block of North 10th Street in Central Point.

According to the affidavit, both children stated during forensic interviews that they had been forced to sleep on a shelf in the Phillipses' garage for the three years they were in the couple's care. Both children also described being tied into sleeping bags with belts and being forced to eat days-old food from a bowl Christa Phillips allegedly called the "bowl of choices."

The girl told investigators she was forced to use a porta-potty in the Phillips' garage, and that Thomas Phillips molested her when she was allowed to bathe once a week, Wojack wrote.

According to notices filed with the court Nov. 18, police also obtained statements that Thomas Phillips had taken photos of the girl's naked body on his cellphone and that he caused physical injury to the boy.

Police eventually learned that the couple had moved back to Southern Oregon and arrested Thomas Phillips in late October. Court records show them as living in Grants Pass.

Christa Phillips was released on her own recognizance following arraignment, and Thomas Phillips is out on a $250,000 bail agreement pending trial. According to court records, no trial date has been set in either case.

Reach reporter Thomas Moriarty at 541-776-4471, or by email at tmoriarty@mailtribune.com. Follow him at @ThomasDMoriarty.