An Old Appleton couple are in custody and face charges of felony child abuse after being accused of keeping a teenage girl locked inside a small room. On Saturday night, law-enforcement personnel from the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 36-year old James Bradley Hughes and 33-year old Rebekah Elizabeth Hughes on suspicion of child abuse. The sheriff’s department on social media says the suspects kept a 15-year-old girl in a closeted area on the back porch of their residence. The room measured 10 by 8 feet and was locked, accessible only from the outside. Interior walls had been carpeted and windows were screwed shut, and it was furnished only with a small piece of foam and bedsheet on wooden slats. The victim had been given small food rations for an undisclosed time and was given a bucket to relieve herself. The victim was able to jump through an unsecured window, after which she alerted an off-duty deputy, who contacted the sheriff’s department. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney’s office issued a search warrant for the residence. During the search, police also found illegal guns and charged James Hughes with unlawful possession of firearms, also a felony. The two are being held on $50,000 cash or surety bond each. They are not permitted to have any contact with the victim or leave Missouri.