Couple gets probation for abusing adopted sons

Published: Mar. 7, 2019 at 8:08 PM CST
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A Nebraska couple were each sentenced to one year of probation after pleading "no contest" to misdemeanor child abuse.

In exchange for their pleas, the prosecutor dropped second counts filed against Blaine and Donella Busker.

Court documents state the couple locked the cupboards and refrigerator to keep their 14- and 15-year-old adopted sons from eating snacks and restricted their ability to wash. They also sometimes sat on the boys' chests as punishment, the documents state.

The boys are in state custody and say they don't want to reunite with their adoptive parents anytime soon.