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Ohio couple admits putting kids in plastic totes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

A prosecutor said the children, ages 5, 6 and 8, were crammed into the boxes as punishment June 16 at the family home in Steubenville while the parents went to the grocery store and left two uncles at home with them.

WTOL-TV reports that the father, James Taylor, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of child endangerment and one count of unlawful restraint. The plea deal calls for a year in jail.

Samantha Taylor pleaded guilty to the same charges and got two years of probation. The two other men pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and got probation.

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