A Scranton, Pa., boy was locked in a coffin for punishment by his own parents after neighbors heard the boy crying. Scranton police chief Dan Duffy said they have arrested Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda with child abuse. Detective Vincent Uher said the couple have been arraigned on child endangerment and unlawful restraint charges.
The 26-year-old mother and 31-year-old stepfather were taken to Lackawanna County Prison on Tuesday in lieu of $60,000 bail each.
The northeastern Pennsylvania couple had nothing to say to reporters as they were escorted to jail.
Neighbors had heard the child crying in the home and alerted authorities. The local cops say they found him in the basement, but only wearing a diaper. After an investigation, detectives say they found out the child had been forced to stay in the casket.
The son explained to police that his parents told him that ghosts lived in the residence. As part of a punishment they would duct tape his hands to a chair or inside the burial box. There were times he was in the basement for days.
Furthermore, as a result of the investigation code enforcement condemned the home after finding an infestation of flies and ticks in the basement. Also part of the wood structure of the building had been burned. The boy told the cops that his parents allegedly abused him for years and locked the coffin on several occasions.