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Harnett father charged with child abuse, neglect

Posted November 12, 2012

— A Cameron man whose ex-wife has been accused of abusing their children for more than a year has been indicted on child abuse and neglect charges, authorities said Monday.

A Harnett County grand jury indicted Brad Thill, 38, last week on three counts each of child abuse and child neglect.

Thill has said he was working in Afghanistan for a defense contractor and had no idea Leslie Tiesler was allegedly beating and starving three of their five children at their home on Calvary Church Road.

Investigators say Tiesler, 37, routinely locked three of their boys in a room and tool chest over a period of 14 months and denied them food, leaving them emaciated. She was arrested Oct. 16, charged with three counts of child abuse.

Tiesler has one biological son, and the couple adopted four boys in 2008. The couple divorced in March 2010, and Tiesler moved away with the children, according to Thill. They reconciled, and Thill allowed them to stay in the house on Calvary Church Road while he was deployed, he said.

Three of the adopted children, ages 13 and 14, told authorities they were starved, shot with a BB gun, beaten with a wooden spoon, locked in a room and forced into a Stanley tool chest for days with no food and only a pipe inserted through a hole for air.


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  • dontstopnow Nov 12, 2012

    And they sure as heck should not be allowed to adopt children. This is outrageous. Someone should lock her up in a closet and not feed her for a while and see if she likes it.

  • 426X3 Nov 12, 2012

    No excuse for this behavior. Some people should not be allowed to have children.

  • morebadnews Nov 12, 2012

    Ol Forrester.....Mr. Till is out on bail

  • storchheim Nov 12, 2012

    comp trainer, a previous story said he came home more than once, and (obviously) saw and spoke with them and did nothing.

  • workinghuman33 Nov 12, 2012

    I am disgusted to hear how badly these children were abused. Why on earth would they adopt 4 more children? I don't think they're accused of abusing their biological child.....so why did they adopt the children? just for her to abuse? (rhetorical question). My point is surely the woman knew what her emotional control limitations were to some extent so why not just say to her husband "I just can't handle that many children". I hope that woman gets the maximum on each and every count to be served consecutively and not concurrently. She deserves to never see the light of day again for the torture and abuse she put those poor children through.

  • computer trainer Nov 12, 2012

    From how this reads, it appears that he was not even there when the abuse was taking place. There must be more to this story!

  • Ol Forrester Nov 12, 2012

    Please tell me neither of them are out on bail.

  • DivaD Nov 12, 2012

    That is so horrible...how could someone do such a thing.