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Cahokia couple accused of locking children in closet

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CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV) -- A Cahokia couple was charged Wednesday with child endangerment.

Kim McGee, 27, and Keith Rucker, 28, were charged with a total of six counts of Unlawful Restraint and Endangering the Health of a Child.

The indictment was brought after police learned that the couple left three children in a closet for extended periods of time between September 2010 and February 2011.

According to Cahokia police, US Marshals were conducting a compliance check at a home in the 2800 block of Calvin Blvd. when they found two five-year-old children locked inside an empty closet. The door was secured shut with a nail.

There were five children living in the home. The Department of Children and Family Services took custody of all five children. McGee is the mother of all five children and Rucker is father to one of the five.

Cahokia police say it is possible that children may have been held in the closet for up to four hours at a time. Investigators are trying to determine if any of the other children, aside from the two five-year-olds, were ever locked in the closet.

Both McGee and Rucker are being held at the St. Clair County Jail. Bond for McGee was set at $40,000 while bail for Rucker is $30,000.

The case was investigated by the Cahokia Police Department, the St. Clair County Probation Department and the United State’s Marshall’s Service.

A trial date for both suspects has not yet been set.

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