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Iowa man sentenced for child neglect

CHARLES CITY (AP) -- A Charles City man accused of locking his two children in their bedrooms for up to 14 hours a day for two years has been sentenced to prison.

Danial Onken pleaded guilty in April to two counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent. He was sentenced this month in Floyd County District Court to 10 years in prison on each count. The sentences will run concurrently.

According to court records, Onken locked his son and daughter in their bedrooms, beginning in February 2007. The windows were boarded up from the inside. The children were not allowed out to go to the bathroom, so they had to relieve themselves on the floor.

County Attorney Norm Klemesrud says the girl was 4 and the boy was 5 when the charges were filed in May 2009.

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