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Man is in the doghouse after abusing stepson

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — A man accused of mistreating his 11-year-old stepson was ordered Thursday to spend 30 nights in a doghouse.

Prosecutors said Curtis Lee Robin whipped Zachary Wiegers with a car antenna and made him sleep in a doghouse and chop wood as punishment.

The boy later recanted the doghouse allegation, and Robin denied making him sleep outdoors. But Robin did not dispute the other claims.

He accepted a plea bargain that gave him a choice of 30 days in jail or 30 nights in a doghouse. He chose the doghouse so that he could continue to work as a foreman at a demolition company.

At 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Robin left his house carrying a pillow and blanket and headed to the 2-by-3-foot doghouse a few feet from his front door. He was wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

Earlier in the evening, some friends brought a 1-foot-high platform for the doghouse so it wouldn't be on the ground.