Wilmington couple accused of keeping son locked in room


By F.T. Norton

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A Monkey Junction couple jailed in December are accused of locking their 15-year-old son in a room for at least 12 hours a day over the course of three months, according to officials.

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Robert Timothy Winkler, 56, and Heidi Hanawalt Winkler, 55, are each charged with felony child abuse causing substantial physical injury.

Heidi Winkler was arrested Dec. 11 at the family home on Richelieu Drive after social workers with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services called police, said New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer. Robert Winkler was arrested the following day at the New Hanover County courthouse, sheriff’s department records show.

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