Pennsylvania Couple in Jail for Allegedly Locking 7-Year-Old Son in Coffin

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Pennsylvania Couple in Jail for Allegedly Locking 7-Year-Old Son in Coffin

Post by Sherry on Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:39 pm

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania mother and her partner were in jail Wednesday after being accused of locking the women's 7-year-old son in a coffin.

Lori Gardner, 26, and Brian Sleboda, 31, were arraigned Tuesday evening on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful restraint and jailed in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $60,000 bail each, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported.

The child told officers that his stepfather often locked him in the coffin in the basement, sometimes binding it shut with duct tape as punishment.

Gardner also allegedly duct-taped the boy's arms to a chair in the dark basement, which contained a broken toilet swarming with flies and no light source except for a "Camel Exotic Blends" light.

Sleboda allegedly put a diaper on the child and locked him in the coffin by placing a chair on top of it after he returned from school Sept. 26, but the child managed to push it off and call for help. Neighbors heard the boy crying and called police.

When police arrived and found the child in the basement, he asked, "Are you here to help me?" according to the complaint.


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Post by Julie on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:41 pm

Thank God the little boy was able to escape and call for help.
What monsters those two parents are.

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Post by Sherry on Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:05 pm

Julie, in the USA Today paper it said that these idiots would tell the little guy that the basement was haunted by ghosts as they locked him up in the basement. What sickos-they said they were playing games with him-with duct tape???
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Post by Julie on Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:17 am

That is sick. It's scary to think what they could have turned him into later on in his life, if he survived that long. I hope he gets counselling and has people in his life who will love him and maybe he can leave behind the torture and abuse he has suffered.

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Post by Sherry on Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:30 am

I hope so, too, Julie. I sure hope he is not returned to that home-it will not be good for him because of the basement there even if he is never abused again. Bad memories.
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Post by Julie on Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:34 am

You're so right. He needs a fresh start in a new house.

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