Prosecutors: Youngstown parents locked kids up with no food, bucket for bathroom


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Authorities are looking for a man and woman from Youngstown’s east side who prosecutors said severely abused two of their children.

This week, a Mahoning County grand jury indicted Albert Barnette, 40, and Tamara Julious, 30. They are facing four counts each of felony child endangering.

Prosecutors said the couple repeatedly abused the children over several months between November and January, when the children were 8 and 9.

“They were locking them in the room for days on end. No food, no water, no bathroom. Just a bucket. No clothing, no bed,” Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa said.

She said the children told investigators the treatment was a form of discipline.

“It’s really an abuse and neglect type of situation. They were disciplining over and above what they should be disciplining for, and the law makes means for this,” Cantalamessa said.

But she said the children also had signs of physical abuse, including bruises and other contusions on their legs, arms, chest and back.

The victims are now in the custody of Mahoning County Children’s Services.

Barnette and Julious have not yet been arrested.

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