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Ohio mom accused of locking son in basement gets 3-year term

Angel Abram, left, sits next to her defense attorney Kristin Burkett, right, and sobs after Abram pleaded guilty to one count of child endangering and was sentenced to three years in prison Monday, July 11, 2016, in Licking County Common Pleas Court in Newark, Ohio. Authorities say Abram and her boyfriend kept her 6-year-old son in a 6-by-8-foot room when he wasn't in school, and beat him with a belt. (Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Angel Abram, left, sits next to her defense attorney Kristin Burkett, right, and sobs after Abram pleaded guilty to one count of child endangering and was sentenced to three years in prison Monday, July 11, 2016, in Licking County Common Pleas Court in Newark, Ohio. Authorities say Abram and her boyfriend kept her 6-year-old son in a 6-by-8-foot room when he wasn't in school, and beat him with a belt. (Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

An Ohio woman accused of regularly locking her young son in an unfinished basement for months has pleaded guilty to one count of child endangering and has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Thirty-five-year-old Angel Abram pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Newark. Authorities say she and her boyfriend kept her 6-year-old son in a 6-by-8-foot room when he wasn't in school and beat him with a belt.

A Licking County assistant prosecutor says the abuse apparently stemmed from the boy's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioral issues. Abram's attorney says Abram has battered woman's syndrome and was unable to leave her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend, 39-year-old Joshua Bergeron, pleaded no contest to a child endangering charge and a weapons count and was sentenced in March to four years.