ST. THOMAS, Ont. -- Three parents have been arrested for allegedly assaulting their children following an investigation by the St. Thomas Police Service.

A couple and a single mother who live in a home with three children are alleged to have struck the children with brooms and belts on numerous occasions.

The three parents, a 36-year-old father, 35-year-old mother and 28-year-old single mother turned themselves into police without incident and have been charged with assault.

The charges stem from a joint investigation conducted by detectives from the St. Thomas Police Service Criminal Investigations Unit and Family and Children’s Services.

The three parents have been released on a promise to appear.