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A Pennsylvania couple accused of barricading their 9-year-old son in the closet, nail the wooden planks in front of the door, then let him be alone for at least an hour in order to attend a child’s birthday party, reports said Wednesday.
Shawn and Tammy Jo Waulk, of Unity Township in Westmoreland County, just outside of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment of the welfare of any other person, KDKA reported.
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The parents reported to have used nails, screws, wood and a light rope string to keep it closed, a criminal complaint said, according to WTAE. They protected the wooden benches in front of the door to prevent the boy from escaping. She left him alone in the house for about an hour-and-a-half.
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Officers responded to the home for the child and the Westmoreland County Children and Youth Services received a tip and alerted the police, KDKA reported. The boy told investigators that he had been in the area for at least a few times in the past few weeks. The one time he got out, and got in trouble, ” he said.