YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A child endangering case in Youngstown is being decided by a jury.
A mother is accused of locking her children in a room with no food, no water and no bathroom.
Tamara Julious, 31, is facing four counts of child endangering in connection to how she treated her two children, who are 8 and 9 years old.
Prosecutors said Julious and co-defendant Albert Barnette hit the children and locked them in a room without food, water or a bathroom. Barnette is set for a pretrial in May.
The defense argued that the kids suffered no physical harm and showed no signs of mental illness, while prosecutors countered that the kids had been locked in a room for long amounts of time and that their punishment was excessive.
Thursday afternoon, jurors are discussing the evidence, although it is not known when they might have a verdict.