Saturday, May 11, 2002

Pair, charged in boy's discipline, free on bond

By Janice Morse,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILLVILLE — A couple is free on bond awaiting a Monday court appearance on child-endangering charges after a boy was duct-taped to a chair in the sun for more than two hours.

        David Wayne Edester, 41, and his wife, Carla, 40, are free on bond following their arrests this week.

        Mrs. Edester's 12-year-old son returned to his father's home in Fairfield Township on Sunday with a bad sunburn and bruises on his wrists and ankles from the tape, a report says. The temperature was in the 70s that day.

        Butler County sheriff's deputies say the boy gave this account:

        Mr. Edester, the boy's stepfather, restrained him to the chair and put him in the sun as punishment for “backtalking his mother.”

        “The suspect then told him that if that didn't work, he would get chemicals and burn (the boy's) skin,” a sheriff's report says.

        Mr. Edester was accused of child endangering in connection with the alleged restraint and with domestic violence for the alleged threat of using chemicals to inflict harm.

        Mrs. Edester was charged with complicity to child endangering. She told sheriff's deputies “she knew that the suspect was taping her son to a chair and sitting him in the sun. ... She didn't think that was wrong,” the sheriff's report says.

        The boy apparently required no hospital treatment, sheriff's officials said Friday.

        The charges against the Edesters are all misdemeanors; their case is being heard in Butler County Juvenile Court.


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