Federal prosecutors have charged a 34-year-old Macy woman with felony child abuse and kidnapping for locking her 10-year-old foster son in a basement storage room so she could go have fun.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sept. 15, Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services went to Krista Parker's home after getting a call at about 2:20 a.m. about a boy locked in a storage room.

In an affidavit, Stephen Friend, a special agent with the FBI, said officers found the boy locked up and arrested Parker, who they found passed out in a bedroom upstairs.

He said the room where they found the boy had concrete floors and walls, an exterior lock, an eye-hook latch and a security alarm. The room was dark, with no windows or ventilation.

Omaha Nation officers found feces spread throughout the room, two soiled blankets, an empty bag of potato chips, an empty soda bottle and a few toy cars and action figures. One wall had stick figure drawings and tally marks on it.

Friend said Parks, who previously had worked as a case aide for Omaha Child and Family Services and had been a foster parent to the boy for about nine months, initially denied confining him in the room. But in court records, he said, she eventually told him she'd had a stressful week at work and "wanted to have one night of fun."

He said Parker sent her six biological children to their grandmother's house for the night and locked the 10-year-old in the storage room at about 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

Friend said she denied she had done it before, but her husband told him they occasionally locked the boy in the room.

The FBI agent said Krista and Charles Parker were getting $30 to $35 a day to care for the boy, who has special needs. The director of Omaha Child and Family Services had been trying to change the placement, but the couple were fighting the move.

In a criminal complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court, Krista Parker stands accused of unlawfully confining the boy and holding him for a reward while committing felony child abuse.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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