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Lansing, Mich. – A Michigan couple has been charged after authorities say their five children were punished with whippings and confinement in a dark, locked bedroom described by a police officer as a “dungeon.”

Thirty-two-year-old Yenier Conde and 28-year-old Sarah Conde were charged last week with child abuse and unlawful imprisonment.

The Lansing State Journal reports Thursday that their children were kept in the bedroom without food or water.

The abuse allegedly occurred over several years and was discovered in 2017.

The children are now between the ages of 6 and 11 and have been placed in foster care. The couple has since lost custody.

Sarah Conde has an Aug. 3 hearing. Her attorney declined to comment on the charges.

Court records didn’t list a lawyer or court hearings for Yenier Conde.

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