By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Ohio parents and two family members have been indicted for allegedly punishing the couple's three children by sealing them in plastic boxes, according to news reports.
James Allen Taylor, 29, and Samantha Marie Taylor, 26, the children's stepmother, were charged with felony endangerment and misdemeanor unlawful restraint. The Jefferson County grand jury indictment said the charges reflected "ongoing corporal punishment practices of the family," the Associated Press says.
Also charged were two uncles, Glenn A. Adams, 27, who lives with the Taylors in Steubenville, and Daniel A. McKenney, 22, of Burgettstown, Ohio.
The children, ages 5, 6 and 8, have been placed in protective care.
Police reported the Taylors became angry when they found the children playing in the containers in the basement June 16, The Herald-Star says. The children were sealed inside with duct tape, and small holes were cut in the lids. The Taylors then went to the grocery store while Adams and McKenney watched the confined children, the Herald-Star says.
Police said water was poured on the children, and the holes were covered with a T-shirt, the paper adds. They were confined between 15 and 30 minutes, "curled up in the fetal position, laying on their backs," prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese told AP.
A family friend arrived at the house, freed the children and called police, AP adds.