Father, stepmother indicted in boy-in-box case

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by Chris Paschenko/ The Daily News

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 1:34 PM

GALVESTON — A grand jury has indicted a married couple accused last year of keeping their child locked in a wooden box, authorities said Thursday.

David M. Wieseckel, 42, and Linda S. Schwan, 48, both of Galveston were indicted on charges of injury to a child and unlawful restraint of a child, according to a statement from the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office released Thursday afternoon.

“The injury to a child indictments allege that David Wieseckel choked the child with his hands and that both David and Linda injured him by making him do push-ups,” prosecutor Adam Poole said.

Wieseckel is the boy’s biological father, and Schwan is the boy’s stepmother, Poole said. The boy remains in foster care, said Gwen Carter, a spokeswoman for state Child Protective Services.

Galveston police became involved in the investigation when the boy went missing July 22. Police found him after a three-hour search.

Although police named the boy in an initial statement when he went missing, police later looked for evidence of the possession or promotion of child pornography. The Daily News doesn’t publish the names of those who might be victims of sex crimes.

The couple has not been charged with sex crimes. An indictment is not a guilty verdict. It means a grand jury heard enough evidence to send the case to trial.

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