A couple from eastern Ohio have been charged with forcing their children into plastic tote boxes with only a hole cut in the top for air.
The parents from Steubenville were indicted this week on charges of endangering children and unlawful restraint. Prosecutors said two other people are charged with knowing about the abuse and not doing anything about it.
A prosecutor told local media outlets that the couple used duct tape to seal their three children, ages 5, 7, and 8, inside the plastic storage containers.
WTOV-TV reports that the alleged abuse was discovered in June. The children are safe and have been staying with family members since then.
The parents told investigators that putting the children in boxes was a form of punishment.
Information from: WTOV-TV.
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