The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Jury seated for couple accused of locking up boys

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY
Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A jury has been seated for the trial of a Vancouver couple accused of locking up two young autistic boys in a dark room.
The Columbian reported that opening statements are expected Monday in the Clark County Superior Court case.
Prosecutors have charged 27-year-old Alayna Higdon and 31-year-old John Eckhart with unlawful imprisonment of Eckhart's sons between Oct. 1, 2010, and April 12, 2011.
Vancouver police say they found the boys -- ages 5 and 7 -- locked in a room with a metal slatted door inside the couple's apartment. Court papers say they shared one mattress and had no toys. Police say the boys were wearing diapers and were not enrolled in school.
The children were placed in protective custody.
Defense lawyers have said they'll dispute the police account of the room and bring in experts to testify about dealing with children with autism.
Story tags » TrialsFamilyVancouver

More Northwest Headlines


HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates