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Police arrested a Connecticut couple Thursday for confining their adopted children in a bathroom for months at a time.

Officials say George and Nancie Barnes would discipline each of their five adopted children by locking them in the bathroom at various times, according to CBS Connecticut. One child was locked away from September to December. Police charged the couple with cruelty to persons, unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

The children were allowed to attend school while on punishment, but were required to eat meals in the bathroom. CBS reports that the couple used baby monitors to force the children to stand up and read while locked away. All of the children have been removed from the home by the state’s Department of Children and Families.

[CBS Connecticut]


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