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Couple pleads guilty to locking kids in filthy room

A central Kentucky couple has pleaded guilty to criminal abuse and admitted to locking their two toddlers in a feces-covered room.

Stewart M. and Jennifer Shuman, both 23, entered the plea Thursday in Madison Circuit Court. They are scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. June 14.

Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith told the Richmond Register he's recommending five year prison sentences.

Stewart Shuman told Judge William Clouse the house where his two children, ages 2 and 3, lived was "unsafe and potentially harmful."

Jennifer Shuman made a similar admission.

The Shumans were arrested Sept. 8 when Richmond police officers found their two sons locked in a bedroom. Police say the room was "covered from floor to ceiling with feces" and the door tied shut with a bungee cord.

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