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      Emmet County mother accused of child abuse sentenced

      Kimberly Loesch will spend nine months in jail and will also get two years probation.

      The Emmet County mother accused of abusing her children has been sentenced.

      Kimberly Loesch will spend nine months in jail and will also get two years probation.

      Loesch is also not allowed near the children and must follow treatment programs.

      Loesch pleaded no contest to third-degree child abuse charges in April. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

      Loesch and her husband, Phil, were charged after her 13-year-old son went missing for two days in July.

      After the boy was found, deputies started investigating the couple.

      Court documents alleged the children were deprived of food and restrooms and were kept locked in an upstairs bedroom. The documents also say the children were beaten on their hands, heads and buttocks as well as being required to hold large buckets of water or rocks as punishment.

      The documents also alleged the boys were mentally abused, being called "thieves" or "liars" and were told they were not loved, unwanted and should "run away for good."

      Phil Loesch, who previously pleaded no contest to child abuse charges as well. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.