STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (February 23, 2013)—James A. Taylor, 30, an eastern Ohio father accused of punishing his three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and a square cut in the top for air, has been sentenced to six months in prison.
He must also serve two years on probation.
Taylor and Samantha M. Taylor, 26, the children's stepmother, pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from the incident, including felony child endangerment.
She has not yet been sentenced.
Authorities said the children, ages 5, 6 and 8, were crammed into the boxes as punishment June 16 at the family home in Steubenville, Ohio, while the parents went to the grocery store and left two adults with them.
A friend arrived and contacted police.
The children are now living with other relatives.