A local couple who allegedly barricaded one of their children in a bedroom using electrical cord and furniture in order to go to KMart appeared in court Thursday.

Eric Preciado and Lisa Hasan, a married couple from Devils Lake, appeared in Ramsey County District Court to answer child neglect charges stemming from an incident in November 2016.

The couple was arrested after a maintenance worker at their apartment complex at the 1400 Block of 10th St. SE found a nine-month-old in a playpen in the living room.

He later discovered that a two-year-old in a bedroom that was held shut by an electrical cord as well as furniture that was pushed against the door. He then called police.

Both are charged with Child Neglect, a C felony. The next hearing in the case is set for Feb. 28. Preciado and Hasan are being represented separately and have pleaded not guilty.