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.