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Lansing Man Accused Of Locking Kids In 'Dungeon' Arrested

Prosecutors say the kids were punished with whippings and confined in a dark,bedroom described as a "dungeon."

July 27, 2018 - 5:51 pm

LANSING, Mich. (WWJ) -- A Lansing man -- charged along with his wife for allegedly abusing their kids -- has been arrested on the city's south end.

Yenier Conde, 32, was arrested and arraigned on 15 felony counts Friday. He and his wife, Sarah, were formally charged on July 20, and she has been in custody since.

Yenier Conde's charges include five counts each of first- and second-degree child abuse, one count of unlawful imprisonment and four weapons counts.

Prosecutors say the kids were punished with whippings and were confined in a dark, locked bedroom described by an officer as a "dungeon." The children were deprived of food and water and were not allowed to leave the room to use the bathroom.

The couple has since lost custody of the kids, who are now between the ages of 6 and 11 and in foster care. 

The LSJ reports the oldest boy told CPS investigators that he and his siblings would break holes in the walls to try to escape and to pass food and water through. He also told investigators their parents beat them with a belt when they tried to escape through a heating vent.

When investigators searched the house, they saw the room had a boarded up window and multiple holes in the wall. The outside door had wooden slabs and screws to allow it to be locked from the outside. 

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

Yenier Conde's bond was set at $25,000 or 10 percent. He is next scheduled to appear in 54-A District court for a probable cause conference on Aug. 10. A preliminary exam is scheduled for Aug. 17.