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Published June 06, 2013, 06:47 PM

9-year-old saves himself, 2 brothers from abuse

A 9-year-old boy's courage saves himself and his brothers from further abuse. Kacie Schaeffer and her boyfriend Trevor Runningbear are charged in Burleigh County with two counts of child abuse and neglect for what they did to three little boys.

A 9-year-old boy's courage saves himself and his brothers from further abuse. Kacie Schaeffer and her boyfriend Trevor Runningbear are charged in Burleigh County with two counts of child abuse and neglect for what they did to three little boys.

According to court records the couple locked the three boys ages 9, 6 and 3 in the basement when they got home from school, and they would also be locked up all day on non-school days. Schaeffer is also accused of hitting the two older boys with a belt or fly swatter. Runningbear is accused of kicking the 3-year-old, hitting him in the head and pulling his ears. Bismarck Police were alerted to the case after the 9-year-old boy reported the incident to a social worker at his school. The abuse allegedly happened in February through May.

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