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Posted at 10:32 AM, Feb 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 11:35:46-05
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin couple is charged with child neglect and suffocation after police say they gagged and "hog-tied" a 12-year-old boy with duct tape while they went out to dinner in December.
The Journal Sentinel reports that the victim's mother and stepfather, of Oconomowoc, each face misdemeanor counts of child neglect and felony counts of suffocation as parties to the crime. The woman faces an additional charge.
Police say the boy checked in daily with his school principal over concerns about his care. In mid-December, the principal asked about a scrape on the boy's chin and an injury to the right side of his eye. The boy said he had been taped up and left in a hallway while his parents went to a Chinese buffet the night before.
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