GALVESTON As a father grew to hate his son, he punished the child by forcing the boy to live in a locked 8-foot by 6-foot particleboard box in their Galveston home for hours and days at a time, prosecutors said Tuesday.

David Wieseckel, 44, is also accused of making his son, who was then 9 years old, do hundreds of pushups, choking the child and on one occasion extinguishing a lit cigarette on his foot.

Wieseckel has pleaded not guilty. He was arrested in Las Vegas with his wife last April after being indicted on charges of unlawful restraint of a child and three counts of injury to a child.

The boy s mother, 50-year-old Linda Schwan, faces a trial in a Galveston County courtroom later this year.

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