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Associated Press, Published June 07 2013

ND couple accused of locking boys in basement

BISMARCK — A Bismarck couple faces felony child abuse charges for allegedly locking three boys in a basement and physically abusing them when they weren't in school.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 32-year-old Trevor Runningbear and 29-year-old Kacie Schaeffer each appeared in court Thursday on Class C felony and Class B felony abuse or neglect of a child charges (http://bit.ly/127fHJ4 ). The youngsters were ages 3, 6 and 9.

South Central District Judge David Reich set bond for each at $1,500 cash and prohibited them from having contact with the children.

Officials say that the 9-year-old boy reported to his school in May that his mother and her boyfriend were abusing him and his younger brothers, prompting detectives to search the home.

Lawyers for the couple couldn't be located for comment Friday.

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