Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Woman put grandson in dog crate after he laced drinks

A Washington County woman is accused of locking her 10-year-old grandson in a faeces-filled dog crate for about 90 minutes.

Police say 51-year-old Rhonda Lehman of Washington put the boy in the crate on Saturday because the boy laced the family's drinks with lamp oil and household cleaner. The boy says he was angry at his family.

Lehman is charged with child endangerment and terroristic threats.

Police say Lehman also told a county agency if someone didn't come for the boy, she would bury him alive in the back yard.

The boy's 24-year-old brother is charged with punching the youngster. Lehman and the boy's brother are jailed on $25,000 bail.

The 10-year-old is now with the county's child welfare agency.

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