Couple Sentenced for Chaining Child in Basement

Couple Sentenced for Chaining Child in Basement

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Magna couple will spend six months in jail for chaining their 12-year-old foster child in the basement.

Mark and Christina Gray were convicted in September of second degree felony child abuse and neglect.

The couple were sentenced today to serve staggered sentences of six months each. That way one of them will be able to care for their remaining five children.

The boy, who came to live with the Grays after he was abused by his biological mother, testified he was deprived of food and chained to a concrete block.

He now lives with an aunt.

The state Division of Child and Family Services didn't remove the couples' other children saying the abuse was directed only at the boy.

They were also ordered to complete parenting and anger management classes.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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