Movie takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania… Couple is arrested for making their 7-year-old sleep in a coffin wearing only a diaper, bound by tape. They like to scare the young boy by telling him there are ghosts in the basement. They go even further by dropping heavy chains on the floor to scare the boy with the sounds… sounds like a horror movie right?
Lori Gardner (26) & stepfather, Brian Sleboda (31) really have been arrested for just those things to a real 7-year-old little boy.
Neighbors heard the young boy crying in the basement of the condemned, bug-infested home and called police.
“Are you here to help me?” the frightened child said as he hugged one officer. “I am hungry and didn’t get dinner yet,” he told another officer. Police said that he was often placed in the coffin or taped to chair in the basement as punishment and told him that ghosts lived there. They would even pick up chains and drop them to scare him in the dark.
The basement was nearly pitch black, illuminated only by a “Camel Exotic Blends” sign that hung on the wall. In one corner, flies and ticks swarmed around a broken toilet. – Seriously sounds like a set for the next Saw movie…
The young boy says that his step-father would “often” duct tape the coffin shut. Ms. Gardner says that “they were merely playing a game.”
This home was condemned and should not have had anyone living there. There was also evidence that there had been a fire inside the home. “The whole basement – all the support beams were burned out.”
It was probably a matter of time before the boy could have been crushed by a falling home.
Both Lori Gardner and Brian Sloboda are being held on $60,000 bail each. They both said nothing as they were escorted to the county prison.
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