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      KC couple charged with locking girl in basement

      A Kansas City couple has been charged with keeping a 9-year-old girl in a filthy basement and allowing her to go to the bathroom only outdoors.

      A Kansas City couple has been charged with keeping a 9-year-old girl in a filthy basement and allowing her to go to the bathroom only outdoors.

      Jackson County prosecutors announced Wednesday that the girl's 30-year-old father and his 27-year-old live-in girlfriend each face one count of abuse or neglect of a child, child endangerment and felonious restraint.

      Court records say authorities were called after a school nurse became concerned. The parents told authorities that the girl had slept in the basement since February and was locked there during the day as punishment for a recent school suspension.

      Deputies said that sewage was leaking into the basement and that the girl slept on a deflated air mattress. The couple said the girl stayed down there because she lacks bladder control.

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