In a shocking and saddening case of child abuse, a 17-year-old boy was
found handcuffed to a pole in his basement in Missouri. Neighbors of the
teenager began to worry when they had not seen him in weeks, but when
they asked his family where he was, they said he was out of town. The
neighbors began to have serious concerns when someone saw the boy handcuffed
to a door in the house. Even though the family said that the boy was "mentally
challenged" and would attack his mother, the neighbor chose to call
the child abuse hotline.
When law enforcement arrived at the scene, the boy's stepmother answered
the door. They asked her to remain upstairs while they went into the basement
to check on the boy. As they were walking down the stairs, the teenager
began saying over and over "I didn't do anything." They
turned on the lights to discover a frail and emaciated boy in dirty clothes
handcuffed to a support pole. He only had thin blankets to sleep on and
was shivering from cold.
The teen stated that he was taken out of school in September of 2012 and
locked in the basement without being given adequate food. He managed to
escape to get food, but was then locked back in the basement, this time
to a bed. When he dismantled the bed and again escaped to get food, he
was handcuffed to the support pole. His family is now facing charges of
neglect and abuse. Child abuse cases are not only criminal cases, but
civil as well. If you or your child suffered abuse, you should contact
an attorney to determine what your legal rights are. Please, talk to a
personal injury lawyer from our team at Henry & Williams, P.C. today!