Police: Pa. couple locked boy, 7, in coffin

October 4, 2011 8:07:26 PM PDT
A northeastern Pennsylvania couple accused of making a 7-year-old boy sleep in a coffin have been arraigned on endangerment and unlawful restraint charges.

The diaper-clad boy was found crying in the basement of a home. He says he was bound with tape.

His mother, 26-year-old Lori Gardner, and stepfather, 31-year-old Brian Sleboda, were ordered taken to Lackawanna County Prison on Tuesday in lieu of $60,000 bail each. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/qRP9Me) says the two said nothing as they were escorted out of the Scranton police headquarters.

Neighbors heard the boy crying last week and called police. Officials say the bug-infested home has been condemned.

Authorities say in a criminal complaint the child told officers he often was locked in the basement and told there were ghosts there.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/


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