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Boy, 7, says parents made him sleep in coffin, Pa. couple arrested

A 7-year-old boy in Scranton, Pa. claims his mother and stepfather forced him to sleep in a coffin (above) and that he was often locked in the basement WHP

(CBS/AP) SCRANTON, Pa. - A northeast Pennsylvania couple accused of making a 7-year-old boy sleep in a coffin have been arraigned on endangerment and unlawful restraint charges.

The diaper-clad boy was found crying in the basement of a Scranton home. He says he was bound with tape.

His mother, 26-year-old Lori Gardner, and stepfather, 31-year-old Brian Sleboda, were ordered taken to Lackawanna County Prison on Tuesday in lieu of $60,000 bail each. The Scranton

Times-Tribune says the two said nothing as they were escorted out of the Scranton police headquarters.

Neighbors heard the boy crying last week and called police. Officials say the bug-infested home has been condemned.

Authorities say in a criminal complaint the child told officers he often was locked in the basement and told there were ghosts there.

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