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Jupiter couple accused of keeping their child in box seek to have evidence dismissed

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Jupiter Police

The Jupiter parents accused of locking their adopted son in an 8-foot by 8-foot box for hours at a time now want evidence thrown out in the case.

Timothy Ferriter’s attorney filed a motion alleging that her client and his wife’s personal Google account was hacked by one or more of their children. They claim their children hacked their email to obtain the evidence.

Ferriter was not in court for a Thursday morning hearing, but his attorney, speaking via Zoom, filed a protective order. His attorney claims evidence was obtained illegally after her client’s email was hacked.

“The minor children were never given the login credentials to access the subject Google account,” the filing said. The motion also said the information obtained during the hack was sent to an attorney with the Foster Children’s Project/Legal Aid.

The couple is charged with false imprisonment and aggravated child abuse.

Police said they kept their 14-year-old son locked in a box inside their garage for hours at a time, and he was only allowed out to go to school.

The Ferriters’ attorney wrote in the filing that “the documents illegally obtained by the children must be supplied to the defense” and the lawyer “should be required to withdraw as Attorney ad Litem.”

The couple’s four children remain in foster care