|James and Samantha Taylor|
A couple was arrested and charged with severe child abuse after they locked up their children inside small plastic bins, according to court proceedings in Ohio.
Now, the couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children, forcing them inside plastic boxes sealed with tape and just a square cut on the top for air.
The children, ages 5, 6, and 8, were crammed into boxes as punishment at the family home in Steubenville, while the parents went to a store and left two guys at home with them, authorities said.
A family friend came home, took the kids out from the boxes and contacted police.
Their father, James Taylor, faces up to three years in prison on charges of felony child endangerment and misdemeanor unlawful restraint. However, the prosecution recommended a sentence of just one year probation.
Prosecutors recommended that the children's stepmother, Samantha Taylor, spent four months
behind bars for unlawful restraint.
"It is clear from the investigation that James was behind this abuse," prosecutors said. "Samantha was disgusting for allowing him to continue," they added.
Two guys also pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and were sentenced to one year probation. Prosecutors said that they helped put the children in the boxes, with one of them cutting the air holes.