North Dakota couple faces child neglect, drug charges; 2 children placed in protective custody


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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Authorities in North Dakota are accusing a couple of keeping two young children locked in a basement bedroom.

KXMB-TV ( ) reports that 27-year-old Eugene Garaas and 24-year-old Melissa Archambault have been charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Bismarck Police say officers found the children in the basement when they executed a search warrant at a home. Police say both children were found in dirty diapers and have now been placed in protective custody.

The couple told police they kept the children locked so they wouldn't get a hold of dangerous items.

Police say officers found methamphetamine pipes in a box inside a closet.

It's unclear whether Garaas and Archambault have legal representation.

Information from: KXMB-TV,

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