Local mom guilty of handcuffing kids to save food

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati woman has been convicted of child endangering for binding the wrists and ankles of two of her young children to keep them out of the family's food.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kena Ross told police she wanted to make welfare groceries last longer and resorted to using plastic handcuffs on a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old when a refrigerator lock failed.

Doctors noticed cuff marks when her 4-year-old son was treated for 2-week-old burns on his hand.

Ross was convicted Thursday on three counts of endangering for the cuffing and for delaying burn treatment. She faces up to 10 years in prison when she's sentenced Nov. 14.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Gray, will go before a judge Monday on similar charges. The children are with relatives or in foster care.

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