Couple convicted in case of Ohio girl in basement - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Couple convicted in case of Ohio girl in basement

Posted: Updated:

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has convicted a father and stepmother of child endangering involving a 12-year-old girl who claimed she was kept locked in the basement as discipline.

The Southwest Ohio couple denied keeping her in the basement for long periods, and said the door was locked to keep toddlers in the home from falling down stairs.

Butler County Judge Matthew Crehan disagreed and said Friday the girl wasn't fed properly and was treated differently from other children in the home. He ruled after a 3-day nonjury trial in Butler County Juvenile Court. The girl weighed 74 pounds when found by investigators acting on a tip.

Forty-year-old Shawn Blackston and 37-year-old Joanna Blackston of Middletown each face up to six months in jail.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • MI governor Snyder re-election gets tepid response

    MI governor Snyder re-election gets tepid response

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:12:56 GMT
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he said he set out to do when he was elected four years ago but instead of cruising to re-election on the fulfillment of his 2010 promises, Snyder's bid for re-election has been met with ambivalence.
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he said he set out to do when he was elected four years ago but instead of cruising to re-election on the fulfillment of his 2010 promises, Snyder's bid for re-election has been met with ambivalence.
  • Wood County athletes bring home 25 medals from State Games

    Wood County athletes bring home 25 medals from State Games

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:04:19 GMT
    Twenty-four Wood Co. athletes from Wood Lane went to Columbus to compete at the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games. They brought home 25 medals.
    Twenty-four Wood Co. athletes from Wood Lane went to Columbus to compete at the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games. They brought home 25 medals.
  • Dayton Air Force Base honor

    Dayton Air Force Base honor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:42 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.