Ohio couple charged with locking 6-year-old boy in basement

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a central Ohio couple endangered a 6-year-old boy by locking him up most of the time in an unfinished basement.

The boy’s mother, 34-year-old Angel Abram, and her boyfriend, 38-year-old Joshua Bergeron, appeared in court Wednesday in Newark, east of Columbus.

Criminal complaints say the child was routinely locked in a basement room when he wasn’t in school and was often beaten with a belt. They say he was forced to eat his meals and sleep there.

The couple says the boy was treated that way for disciplinary reasons. Abram told a judge Wednesday that she loved her children and would never endanger them.

Court records didn’t list attorneys for the couple. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.

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