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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina couple is accused of locking their 15-year-old son in a room for at least 12 hours a day over the course of three months.

The Wilmington Star News reported that Robert Timothy Winkler, 56, and Heidi Hanawalt Winkler, 55, both of Monkey Junction, have each been charged with felony child abuse causing substantial physical injury.

The couple was arrested in December after social workers called the police, according to the paper.

An arrest warrant states that the suspects showed a “reckless disregard for human life by committing a willful act.”

They’re accused of locking their son in a room for at least 12 hours a day from Aug. 26 through Oct. 25.

The couple’s two children are currently in state custody, according to the paper.

Read full story: The Wilmington Star News

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