Missouri couple charged with locking teen in small room

1 year 3 months 4 days ago February 22, 2016 Feb 22, 2016 Monday, February 22 2016 Monday, February 22, 2016 2:25:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

OLD APPLETON (AP) — A southeast Missouri couple is accused of locking their 15-year-old daughter in a room with small food rations and only a bucket for a toilet.

Thirty-six-year-old James Bradley Hughes, and 33-year-old Rebekah Elizabeth Hughes, both of Old Appleton, were charged over the weekend with one count each of abuse or neglect of a child. They are jailed on $50,000 bond.

No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.

The Cape Girardeau County sheriff's department said in a news release that the teen escaped Saturday through a window and alerted an off-duty deputy. The release said she was kept in a small locked back porch room that was accessible only from the outside. The interior walls had been carpeted and several windows had been screwed shut.

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