Family Accused of Weighting Down Peosta Teen with Chain

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – The parents of a Peosta teen, along with the boy’s uncle, have been accused of having the repeat runaway wear a chain belt attached to a weight.

Court records say Cynthia Kobusch and her husband, Michael Kobusch, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, have been charged with child endangerment.

The records say the 13-year old boy was known for running away. He told investigators his parents were out of town when Merfeld padlocked a chain around the boy’s waist and attached a weight. He also says his parents left the chain on for two days after they returned.

The document says Cynthia Kobusch told an investigator she’d asked Merfeld to fashion a way to attach a GPS unit to her son.