Ohio couple gets 10-year term for locking up adopted kids


JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A husband and wife in Ohio have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges related to keeping their adopted children locked inside bedrooms for all but a few hours a day.

The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/29uAKfo ) the couple was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in May to endangering children and felonious assault. An Ashtabula County prosecutor says the couple locked four of their adopted children in rooms without food to eat or beds to sleep on and forced them to use containers for toilets.

The Associated Press is not naming the couple because the husband previously faced sexual abuse charges involving two adopted daughters.

Defense attorneys say the couple’s discipline was excessive, but the family’s home in Dorset Township wasn’t a “house of horrors.”

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