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Weekly Crime Poll: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

By February 24, 2013

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James A. Taylor, 30, from Steubenville, Ohio was sentenced to six months in prison and two years' probation after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of child endangerment, and two misdemeanor charges for endangering a child and unlawful restraint.

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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February 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(1) mary says:

duct tape is being sold second only to drugs the way things are going in the usa. what is this? as for the punishment fitting the crime, well that’s a question if there was one. put yourself in the place of those children. you get stuck in an elevator and your wary forever going in one alone, if you ever do at all. as for the punishment, send them to their room for 15minutes, ground them for half a day, take away their favourite toy for awhile……talk to them. there’s lots of ways to punish a child without harming. so-called parents like this should never be given a second chance, the children should be removed from such an enviroment immediately and the sentence should be stiff. say 10 yrs because idiots like this build up to harsher punishments as time goes by and the kids live in terror in the end.and let the prison population know what they’re in for! i’m disgusted to say the least.

February 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm
(2) deborah dyess says:

they should get some years not months both of them and the two men they left the babies with. may they rot in hell

March 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(3) Sandra Parshall says:

What “crime”? These kids didn’t commit a crime. They were just being kids. The parents should have received much harsher sentences. They are dangerous people.

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