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Women arrested for locking up children at night

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Mary Sekula (left) and Leeann Alberts Mary Sekula (left) and Leeann Alberts

Two Dauphin County women have been arrested on charges they endangered the welfare of two children by handcuffing one and locking the other in her bedroom at night.

Mary Theresa Sekula, 30, and Leeann Nicole Alberts, 33, both of Williamstown, repeatedly handcuffed the leg of Sekula's 7-year-old son to a dresser so he could not get out of bed, according to the criminal complaint.

His 11-year-old sister was repeatedly locked in her attic bedroom, the complaint states.

Sekula admitted to investigators that she restrained her children so they couldn't sneak out at night, according to the complaint.

She said she and Alberts had been handcuffing the boy and locking the girl in her room for about a month, the complaint states.

Alberts also admitted to restraining the children, police said.

The boy had visible injuries to his left ankles, the document states.

Sekula and Alberts were arrested Tuesday by state police in Lykens and charged with two felony counts each of unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children.

Both were released after posting $20,000 bond and are awaiting a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 19.


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