Couple gets 10-year term for locking up four adopted kids, abusing them

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Mug shots of David and Rejeana Moss courtesy of WJW

JEFFERSON, Ohio — A husband and wife in Ohio have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges related to keeping their adopted children locked inside bedrooms for all but a few hours a day.

The Ashtabula Star-Beacon reports David, 60, and Rejeana Moss, 66, were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in May to endangering children and felonious assault. An Ashtabula County prosecutor says the couple locked four of their adopted children in rooms for up to 22 hours every day  without food to eat or beds to sleep on and forced them to use containers for toilets.

Defense attorneys say the couple’s discipline was excessive, but the family’s home in Dorset Township wasn’t a “house of horrors.”

According to the Ashtabula Star-Beacon, Rejeana Moss told the court, “I have never wanted to hurt any child,” she continued. “I am sorry that these children have been hurt in any way by me. I hope and pray they find peace and full lives as I have tried and failed to do.”


4 Fast Facts

  • David and Rejeana Moss were arrested in 2015.
  • They were accused of locking up their children and abusing them.
  • They pleaded guilty to endangering children and felonious assault.
  • They were sentenced to 10 years.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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