Delaware couple sentenced for locking son in room

December 6, 2013 3:02:18 PM PST
A Newark couple who pleaded guilty to locking the man's 12-year-old son in his bedroom for three months has been sentenced.

Forty-three-year-old Robert Hohn was sentenced to six years in prison; his wife, 41-year-old Shannon Watterson, was sentenced to five years Friday in Superior Court in Wilmington.

The couple had pleaded guilty to assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say Hohn and Watterson removed the boy from school in September 2012 and said they would be home-schooling him. Authorities say the couple locked him in a bare room, letting him out only to use the bathroom.

The boy escaped to a neighbor's home on Nov. 28, 2012.

The boy and three other children who lived in the home are in the care of relatives.