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The state police cannot FORCE the children to give a written or oral statement, but if the children do so voluntarily, then that is legal. Also, you don't have to give the state police or the children permission before a statement is given/taken.
Under Pennsylvania law, law enforcement officers can interview, take statements, etc. without parental consent.
Also, the children could be subpoenaed to appear in court and provide testimony regarding the incident.
The only time Pennsylvania law require a parent/guardian to be contacted is if the child is detained or arrested.