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Couple pleads guilty to handcuffing, abusing adopted son


The pair were living in Butte, Montana when the abuse occurred, but have since moved to Idaho.

Associated Press

BUTTE, Mont. — A former Montana couple has pleaded guilty to charges they used illegal methods to punish their adopted, 12-year-old son.

The Montana Standard reports 48-year-old Jonathan James Hay and 46-year-old Debra Ann Hay each pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of assaulting a minor and two counts of criminal endangerment.

Authorities say the couple handcuffed the boy to a bed in their Butte home, taped socks on his hands and feet, put tape over his mouth, and handcuffed him to a milk crate.

Prosecutors say they also left him in a hallway or bathtub, sometimes overnight.

Officials say the boy is no longer in their custody.

2019 Oct 25