Midstate women charged with locking up kids

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2013 3:54 PM

(Williamstown) -- Two Dauphin County women are charged with endangering two children in their care by locking one in her bedroom and shackling the other to his dresser at night.

Dauphin County prosecutors say 30-year-old Mary Theresa Sekula and 33-year-old Leeann Nicole Alberts repeatedly handcuffed the leg of Sekula's 7-year-old son to a dresser and padlocked his 11-year-old sister in her attic bedroom.

State police began investigating Tuesday after the boy spoke to officials at his school. Authorities said he had a visible injury on his ankle.

Court documents says both women admitted locking up the kids so they wouldn't leave the house at night.

Sekula and Alberts are due in court November 19th for a preliminary hearing. 

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