Parents arrested for locking children in room for hours

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two Winchester parents are facing felony charges after allegedly locking their three children in a room for hours at a time.

Aaron and Dana Allen, of 101 Buckingham Lane, were arrested Monday and found two of the children locked in a room, according to court documents. At the time, Aaron Allen was sitting on the couch.

According to the arrest citations, the children, ages 2, 4 and 6, were routinely locked in their room for “long periods” of time with no way to reach the bathroom or escape in case of an emergency.

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Winchester Police detective Matthew Reed wrote in the citation the lock on the bedroom door could not be changed inside the room.

Monday, all three children had soiled diapers or underwear, Reed wrote. The children had also urinated inside their room.

At some point, the oldest child’s hands were bound behind its back with a belt and sat in a corner, Reed said.

The Allens told police the children were locked in their room as a form of punishment.

Aaron and Dana Allen were both charged with three counts of first-degree criminal abuse and lodged in the Clark County Detention Center. They are being held on a $50,000 cash bond each.

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