RAY COUNTY, Mo. – A preliminary hearing is postponed for a man accused of binding his children with zip-ties and taping them in closed boxes as punishment in Ray County.

Gary Wyant, VINELink

Gary M. Wyant, 32, of Lawson, is charged with eleven felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child and one felony count each for tampering with evidence and attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution. The victims also told investigators that Wyant would grab them by the throat to carry them and used a special paddle with holes or a belt for corporal punishment.

The hearing was moved to March 22nd, at the defendants request.