OMAHA -- A Macy, Nebraska, husband and wife have been charged with locking their 10-year-old foster son in a basement storage room without windows or ventilation.
In a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Charles and Krista Parker are charged with federal and state charges of kidnapping, child abuse/neglect and false imprisonment.
Charles Parker is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. Court records show no arraignment date set yet for Krista Parker.
According to court documents, Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services officers went to the Parker's home in the 100 block of Flood Road on Sept. 15 after receiving a call at about 2:19 a.m. about a boy locked in a storage room secured by an exterior lock and security alarm.
Officers found the boy locked in the room, which was dark and contained two soiled blankets, an empty potato chip bag, empty soda bottle and a few toys. Human feces was spread throughout the room, which stunk of urine and feces, court documents said.
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Officers found Krista Parker passed out in an upstairs bedroom and arrested her. A preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol content at 0.126 percent.
Parker confessed to locking the boy in the room, court documents said, because she had had a stressful week at work and "wanted to have one night of fun." She told officers she locked the boy in the room at 9 p.m. the previous evening. She denied confining the special-needs boy, who had been in her foster care for nine months, in the room previously.
Charles Parker told officers he was unaware that his wife had confined their son in the room that night, but he said that they occasionally locked the boy in the room for several hours and maybe for a night one time, court documents said.
During a meeting with a forensic interviewer, the boy said the Parkers regularly confined him in the storage room and that it is his bedroom, where he eats his meals. The boy said he did not have a bed and slept on the storage room floor, court documents said.