An Augusta County couple accused of locking up their teen daughters have been found not guilty of child cruelty.

Steve and Heather Tomlin faced two counts each of child cruelty. Monday, the jury found the Tomlins not guilty on all four counts.

The Tomlins were accused of locking their daughters, ages 15 and 17 years old, in a room at their home from January 2006 to February 2007. Augusta County deputies said that when they entered the room, it was equipped with a port-o-john, the door locks were reversed and the windows were nailed shut. They also stated the room had an indescribable smell.

At the Augusta County Courthouse Monday, the prosecution had to prove whether the Tomlin's alleged action endangered the girls' lives. The defense brought in witnesses who  said they have never seen the girls locked up when they visited the Tomlins.

The Tomlins would have faced 10 years in prison if convicted.

Reported by Melinda Pryor

An Augusta County couple accused of locking up their teen daughters have been found not guilty of child cruelty.