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Two held for court on child endangerment charges

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

Two Dauphin County women are headed to trial on charges they endangered the welfare of two children by handcuffing one to a dresser and padlocking the other in her bedroom at night.

Mary Theresa Sekula, 30, and Leeann Nicole Alberts, 33, both of Williamstown, were held for court on all charges during their preliminary hearing Tuesday.

The two routinely 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 padlocked in her attic bedroom, the complaint states.

Prosecutors said both children were restrained from the time they got home from school until the time they had to get up in the morning.

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

Sekula and Alberts each face two felony counts each of unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children.

A formal arraignment was scheduled March 3.


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