- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say in a search warrant that an Iowa City couple charged with selling meth disciplined a young child by tying him up.

Court documents show Luis F. Chavez-Preciado, 27, and Nasra L. Fernandez-Kury, 25, were charged with child endangerment after a search warrant was executed on their home last year. The boy was found in a closet during the search, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported (https://icp-c.com/1kXTTtd ), and was bound with a cloth belt.

The search warrant was the result of a monthslong investigation. The couple is accused of selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent several times, and the two have pleaded guilty to federal charges on conspiracy to distribute meth. They are scheduled to be sentenced in June.

But the search also led to the discovery of the boy, whom authorities say appeared to be under the age of five.

“The child was face down with his hands tied behind his back with a brown cloth belt,” search warrant documents said. “There were several visible marks and bruising on the child’s arms consistent with being tied up with a belt.”

Fernandez-Kury told authorities she ordered Chavez-Preciado to tie up the boy to discipline him. Police say the boy told an adult that Fernandez-Kury once used a stun gun on him.

The couple is also accused of keeping large quantities of drugs in the presence of Fernandez-Kury’s three children. A search warrant served in September turned up methamphetamine, a shot gun, ammunition and a stun gun.

The couple was arrested Sunday. They are in the Muscatine County Jail. Court records do not list attorneys.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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