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Parents Plead Guilty To Locking Teen in Room for Punishment

11:20 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Gastonia-- A Gastonia couple who locked a teen in his room for punishment has pleaded guilty to child abuse.

The Gaston Gazette reports 41-year-old Johnny Rufus Dickson and 45-year-old Joy Evonne Skipper accepted a plea deal on a misdemeanor child abuse charge and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

They've been placed on probation and been ordered to serve 48 hours of community service. The couple was arrested in June when a social worker saw the 14-year-old teen's living conditions.

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell says the teen was locked in his bedroom except when he went to school. He had a bucket in a closet for a bathroom.

Defense attorneys said the teen had serious behavioral problems that prompted the couple's actions.

AP

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