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Texas Couple Arrested In Las Vegas For Forcing Boy Into Box

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A couple arrested in Nevada has agreed to be extradited back to South Texas on child-abuse charges that allege they forced a 9-year-old to live at times in a locked wooden box.

The 43-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife appeared Thursday for a hearing in Las Vegas, two days after being found in a home near the Las Vegas Strip.

Galveston authorities had been searching for the couple since last month, when they were indicted on various counts that include injury to a child. The man is the father of the boy and the woman his stepmother.

The boy ran away from home last July and is now in foster care. The home was searched for evidence of possible child pornography and investigators say they found an 8-by-6-foot particleboard box.

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