STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Three children were discovered stuffed inside storage totes.
Prosecutors say, the 5, 6 and 8-year-old children were crammed inside the totes with only a hole to breathe through. Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese says they are investigating how long and how often the children were forced inside the totes, as well as other forms of abuse.
“This goes far beyond the normal parameters of parental or guardian child discipline,” said Asst. Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese.
The children’s parents James Allen Taylor, 29, and Samantha Marie Taylor, 26, have been indicted on charges of endangering children and unlawful restraint. Two other adults, Glenn Allen Adams and Daniel Adam McKenney face the same charges for assisting in the abuse.
Asst. Prosecutor Bruzzese says they cut the holes in the totes, “By cutting holes in the tops of these totes, as well as engaging in other acts that constitute abuse.”
An adult family friend discovered the children inside their Oregon Ave. home in Steubenville inside the totes and immediately took actions to get them out of that situation.
Although the situation sounds terrible, investigators think this is only one of many forms of abuse the children may have endured.
“There’s some indication of past abuse and corporal punishment,” said Asst. Prosecutor Bruzzese.
The children have all been removed from the home and are staying with other family members.