Ohio couple admits putting kids in plastic boxes

An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.
Associated Press
Jan 23, 2013

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. A friend of the family arrived at the house, got the children out of the boxes and contacted police.

Their 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. His wife, Samantha Taylor, the children's stepmother, pleaded guilty to the same charges and likely will serve two years of probation.

The clerk's office said a sentencing date for the pair has not been set.

The two uncles pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and were sentenced to a year of probation. Prosecutors said they helped put the children in the boxes, with one of them cutting the air holes.

Authorities said the children were in the boxes for about 15 to 30 minutes, with square holes cut out of the lids to expose the top part of their faces. There was no indication they had been put in the boxes before, but Jefferson County prosecutor Jeffrey J. Bruzzese said it was part of a cycle of abuse by the parents that included having weights dropped on their feet.

Bruzzese said it was apparent that water was dumped on top of the children while they were restrained in the totes. All the punishment was meted out at James Taylor's direction, the prosecutor said.

Bruzzese told WTOV-TV that the children are now living with relatives and doing well. He did not return a call to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Steubenville is on the Ohio-West Virginia border, about 150 miles east of Columbus.

WTOV-TV (http://bit.ly/WlsUX5 ) 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.

 

Comments

BlueAngel

Did the children get taken away?? I sure hope so...HEARTLESS people...

ARoss

It just amazes me how many idiots walk the face of this planet.

buckeyebabe69

Some people should be castrated at birth and these are just a few of them. Those kids didn't ask to be born, all they want is to be loved. What a tragedy. I hope those adults(supposed) get the same inhumane treatment for the rest of their horrendous years. God Bless those children.

tankman12

What's in the water out in Steubenville?

wiredmama222

that's what I want to know?

24productions

These four people should not only be ordered to file as child abusers (hows this much different from molestation), but also never see the light of another day.

reporter54

gives new meaning to the phrase, put a lid on it!

reporter54

I don't think there is a register for child abusers so they can't be made to file as abusers. It's alot different from molestation. It's cruel and unusual punishment which would be child endangerment I think. They should get some jail time though.

24productions

Well, they should have an abuser registration, along with long term follow up...they should never be allowed to forget this type of action...hold everyone accountable for their actions, and maybe it will subside.

EdO's

Their 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.

His wife, Samantha Taylor, the children's stepmother, pleaded guilty to the same charges and likely will serve two years of probation.

The two uncles pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and were sentenced to a year of probation. Prosecutors said they helped put the children in the boxes, with one of them cutting the air holes.

Probation? Removal of children from home until legal age of 18. One year jail time no parole for each person. Five years probation thereafter.

jamo

Three out of the four only recieved probation. WOW! Where is the justice in that?

Mum-of-One

If they had done this to a pet they would be banned for ever from having one.

doppleganger

I didn't read this in this article, but the link provided says this:

"Also included the children having to stand in a corner on their tiptoes with pins and needles placed under their feet while holding weights out in the air. I can't imagine that they would be able to stay on their tiptoes for all that long, so if and when they were to fall, their feet would have to come down on top of these pins and needles."

They need to be put away for life.

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OhioFreebyrd

They should have put a bullet in each of the parents and uncle's heads right there on the spot.