Ohio couple each get 10 years for locking up adopted kids

JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio husband and wife have each 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 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 65 miles east of Cleveland wasn’t a “house of horrors.”

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