UPDATE: Emerson couple facing child abuse charges take plea deals

Emerson couple facing child abuse charges take plea deals

UPDATE: (AP) — A northeast Nebraska couple accused of child abuse for locking cupboards and a refrigerator to keep their sons from eating snacks have taken plea deals.

Dakota County Court records say 41-year-old Blaine Busker and his 38-year-old wife, Donella Busker, entered no-contest pleas Tuesday to one count each of misdemeanor child abuse.

Prosecutors dropped second counts in return for the Buskers' pleas.

Donella Busker is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18, followed the next day by Blaine's sentencing.

A court document says the 14- and 15-year-old boys were allowed to wash their clothes only once a week and shower every other day. The parents padlocked the bathroom that contained the home's only shower.

The two also were accused of disciplining the boys by sitting on them, making it hard for them to breathe.


An Emerson, Nebraska couple arrested last month for child abuse have pleaded not guilty.

41-year-old Blaine Busker and his wife 38-year-old Donella Busker were arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse after authorities say they threw their sons to the ground and sat on them as punishment.

Authorities also say the couple locked their cupboards to keep the boys from eating when they weren't supposed to, kept a lock on the bathroom and strictly monitored their showers.

The couple is scheduled to appear in Dakota County Court on December 3rd.

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