Taylor admitted to punishing his children, ages 5, 6, and 8, by cramming them into plastic storage containers, sealing the lids of the containers with duct tape and cutting air holes in the top of each lid. The children's stepmother, Samantha Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty to the same charges.
The Taylors then went grocery shopping, leaving the confined children with Glenn Adams and an uncle, Daniel A. McKenney. A woman who stopped by to visit let the children out of the containers and contacted police.
Cycle of Abuse
Jefferson County prosecutor Jeffrey J. Bruzzese said during the 25 minutes that the children were in the containers, water was poured on them and a T-shirt was used to cover the air holes. He also said that although it appeared that the children had not been subjected to this type of punishment before, that it was, "part of a cycle of abuse by the parents that included having weights dropped on their feet."
Father Says Kids Chose the Punishment
According to James Taylor, the children were being punished for knocking down the containers and breaking some things while playing in the basement. He said the kids refused to stand in the corner, so he gave them the choice of him destroying the containers or they could get inside of them for 10 minutes. The children opted for being put into the containers.
Taylor said the adults that they left the children with were supposed to let them out.
Adams and McKenney received one-year probation after pleading guilty to unlawful restraint. Sentencing for Samantha Taylor is still pending.
The children are now living with their grandfather.
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