Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda
This is 26-year-old Lori Gardner and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Brian Sleboda
About seven years ago, Lori Gardner gave birth to a baby boy. She kept it.
Somewhere along the line, Lori hooked up with Brian. And somewhere along the line, they moved into a little house together. And somewhere along the line, they decided it would be fun to go ahead and destroy Lori’s child mentally.
On the 26th of September, that little boy was put, for the final time, into a coffin in the basement of the house that Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda were living in. This was, surprisingly, not unusual.
This activity was not unusual because Brian and Lori thought that it was entertaining to regularly put the 7-year-old into a coffin in the basement. The basement in the bottom of a house that was in such bad condition that it had been condemned.
According to Mark Seitzinger, Scranton city director of licensing, inspections and permits, the home Lori, Brian and the child was living in was condemned on the 3rd of October. According to inspectors, it was deemed unsafe for human habitation after they found the residence infested with bugs, noticed that it had electrical issues, and came across evidence of a fire that had been burning inside the building at one point.
So you can imagine how the basement looked, smelled and felt to a 7-year-old who was regularly put into a coffin by the people who would normally be expected to protect, care for and love that child.
Brian Sleboda, at some point, had the good idea of putting a diaper on the boy while the child was in the coffin. Presumably because if you’re going to keep a kid in a coffin for long periods of time, you don’t want the kid to make a mess.
And then Brian had an even better idea! Hey, let’s duct-tape the coffin shut so the kid can’t get out!
And, of course, Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda thought it would be fun to tell the boy that ghosts lived in the basement. And, of course, they took it upon themselves to rattle a heavy chain around in the basement while the kid was trapped in this coffin, screaming and crying for someone, anyone, to help him.
Well, on the 26th of September, Brian and Lori put the kid into the coffin for safekeeping. Fortunately for the child, Brian took the lazy way out this time and only put a chair on top of the coffin.
After a good amount of pushing and kicking, the 7-year-old was able to get the chair off the coffin and get out. The door was locked and the basement was dark, so – as a child should in that situation, the boy yelled for help.
A neighbor heard the cries and called the police.
When the police showed up and investigated they found the child in a diaper, crying. His first words?
Are you here to help me?
Lori arrived at her house while the police were there. They wanted to talk with her a bit.
So what did Lori Gardner have to say about the whole thing? Well, she explained that she and Brian did, in fact, use the coffin for punishment. She admitted that they had, in fact, duct taped the boy’s arms and hands at times. She told the officers that, hey, the door wasn’t locked, so it wasn’t really cruel.
When the police notified her that the door they had found the child behind was, indeed, locked…she didn’t have much to say at that point.
After some more investigating and some interviews done with the child by experts, it was decided by the authorities that there was enough evidence for Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda to be charged.
On the 4th of October, 2011, Lori Gardner and Brian Sleboda were charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful restraint. Bail was set at $60,000.
The 7-year-old boy is now being taken care of by local Children and Youth Services
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