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Suffolk couple sentenced to jail time after child found physically restrained in bathroom in 2019

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 18:06:28-05

SUFFOLK, Va. - Two people were sentenced on charges including abduction and kidnapping, abuse and neglect of children cruelty and injuries to children.

According to Suffolk Police, officers responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Holland Road on Dec. 5, 2019 after receiving a tip about alleged child abuse.

Police say they learned that James Ray Peck, 50, and April Marie Peck, 45, had custody of four children, ages ranging from 3-years-old to 12-years-old, that were living in unsanitary conditions.

According to officials, a juvenile male was located in a bathroom of the home, physically restrained. He was taken to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters for medical observation.

Police said drug paraphernalia was also found at the home.

Police say the Pecks are related to the children who were in their custody, but are not the children’s parents. It’s unclear what type of relationship the children may have to one another.

April Peck was sentenced Wednesday to her charges of child cruelty for 10 years with 5 years and 6 months suspended, leaving a total of 4 years and 6 months to serve. She was sentenced 5 years with 5 years suspended, leaving zero time to serve for the abduction charge.

James Peck was sentenced to 10 years with 7 years suspend, leaving 3 years to serve for the abduction charge. He was sentenced 5 years with 5 years suspended for child cruelty.