A Dover couple has been arrested for alleged abuse of their children.

Dover Police have arrested the mother and father of several children after reports surfaced of their improperly disciplining their offspring.

Officers arrested Christopher DeLong, 40, and Sandra DeLong, 42, both of the unit block of Evergreen Drive, Dover on Sept. 21, said police spokesman Capt. Tim Stump.

The investigation began when one of the children disclosed the father, Christopher DeLong, had choked them into unconsciousness approximately two years ago, Stump said.

The children underwent forensic interviews where they all disclosed the mother, Sandra Delong, used a wooden bat to strike them in the buttocks, legs, and thighs as a means of discipline.

Christopher DeLong was charged with first-degree reckless assault, third-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of offensive touching. He was released from custody on a $7,500 unsecured bond.

Sandra DeLong was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of second-degree reckless endangering and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was released from custody on a $33,000 unsecured bond.

The children have been placed in the custody of the Division of Family Services, Stump said.