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A Waukesha County jury on Feb. 28 acquitted an Oconomowoc couple accused of hogtying their 12-year-old son while they went out to dinner.
The couple were cleared of all the charges they were facing.
Court records show the jurors deliberated for about 2½ hours after the couple's three-day trial, which began Feb. 26, before announcing their verdict. The boy's parents — his mother and stepfather — will not be named to protect his identity.
The couple was accused in February 2017 of child neglect and strangulation and suffocation shortly after the boy, then 12, told the Nature Hill Elementary School principal that his parents had taped him up and gagged him before going out to a Chinese buffet. School staff at the time had regular chats with the boy about such matters because they suspected possible child neglect.
Nature Hill staff, Oconomowoc police and the boy's foster parents, who cared for him while the case was pending, all testified during the trial, according to court records. Judge Michael Aprahamian presided.
The boy's 42-year-old mother is still facing additional charges related to the hogtying case. She stands accused of pressuring the boy to lie during the trial, saying that if he did not, "she was going to jail," according to a separate criminal complaint.
Prosecutors charged her with felony bail jumping and misdemeanor intimidation of a witness in that case.
Court records indicate the woman's next hearing in that matter is scheduled for March 12.