A former Montana couple has pleaded guilty to charges they used illegal methods to punish their adopted, 12-year-old son.
The Montana Standard reports 48-year-old Jonathan James Hay and 46-year-old Debra Ann Hay each pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of assaulting a minor and two counts of criminal endangerment.
Authorities say the couple handcuffed the boy to a bed in their Butte home, taped socks on his hands and feet, put tape over his mouth, and handcuffed him to a milk crate.
Prosecutors say they also left him in a hallway or bathtub, sometimes overnight.
Officials say the boy is no longer in their custody.
A district judge ordered pre-sentence investigations and says they can continue living in Idaho and remain free on bond if they meet specific conditions.
AP Only 2019