Parents of four Indiana children are facing multiple charges Wednesday, including child neglect and molestation, after allegedly locking them in the basement of their home in Madison County, according to NBC-affiliate WTHR.
Connie Campos, 32, was arrested Friday night and Javier Campos, 40, was apprehended Saturday after their kids say they were locked in a dark basement with no water or food, just a bucket to use as a toilet.
“At least one of the children says he was sexually abused,” states WTHR.
The mother told the NBC-affiliate that it was not what it appeared to be, though she admits to locking the kids in the basement.
"I don't believe it was discipline," she said. "They wasn't down there for more than a couple of hours at a time and I wasn't doing it to be mean. I wasn't thinking of it that way."
Both are charged with neglect and stepfather Javier faces two counts of felony for child molestation—of which the wife claims to have been unaware of such alleged sexual acts "up until two or three weeks ago."