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