Donald Kiper, 54, and Nicole Engler-Harper, 41, both of Williamsport, are accused of horrific abuse of two children.
According to court papers, Kiper and Engler-Harper abused two children -- Kiper's 5-year-old son and the couple's 3-year-old son.
According to court papers, the 5-year-old was often locked in an empty bedroom with just a filthy mattress and a training potty. Investigators say the carpet was covered in urine; a case worker's feet were even sticking to it.
The 3-year-old was found in a cluttered bedroom with a padlock on the door.said chief county detective William Weber.
Investigators believe the child may have been locked in the room for days, potentially months.
When confronted, Engler-Harper told a city employee the locks were there because the 5-year-old was destroying the house. Investigators say Kiper knew his 5-year-old was often locked in his room and helped put up the boards in the windows
According to court papers, Engler-Harper would force the 5-year-old to clean up if he urinated on his bedroom floor. On one occasion, the 5-year-old defecated on the floor, and investigators say Engler-Harper forced the child to eat his own feces.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Two people in Lycoming County are accused of horrific abuse of two children. Donald Kiper, 54, and Nicole Engler-Harper, 41, both of Williamsport, were charged Thursday morning with endangering the welfare of children and unlawful restraint of a child. According to court...