Thursday, May 15, 2003

Bond revoked for women in case of boys kept in closet

The Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - A magistrate revoked bond Wednesday for two women accused of locking five boys in a closet.

Mary Rowles, 30, the mother of the children, and her live-in partner Alice Jenkins, 27, pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including five counts of kidnapping and felonious assault.

The women were arrested after three of the boys, ages 8, 10 and 14, were found wandering city streets April 28.

Police said the three boys who ran away told a story of being forced to live inside a closet that reeked of urine, with the only light coming in at the bottom of the door.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the boys also said Jenkins beat them with a hammer, kicked one in the groin with steel-toed boots and forced them to eat dog and cat feces.

Rowles and Jenkins also were charged with child endangering, possession of marijuana and corrupting another with drugs for allegedly encouraging three of the boys to smoke marijuana.

Rowles also was indicted on five counts of permitting child abuse.

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