Old Appleton couple charged with locking teen in small room

OLD APPLETON (AP) — A southeast Missouri couple is accused of locking their 15-year-old daughter in a room with small food rations and only a bucket for a toilet.

Thirty-six-year-old James Bradley Hughes, and 33-year-old Rebekah Elizabeth Hughes, both of Old Appleton, were charged over the weekend with one count each of abuse or neglect of a child. They are jailed on $50,000 bond.

No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.

The Cape Girardeau County sheriff’s department said in a news release that the teen escaped Saturday through a window and alerted an off-duty deputy. The release said she was kept in a small locked back porch room that was accessible only from the outside. The interior walls had been carpeted and several windows had been screwed shut.