Boy Found Handcuffed in basement

Boy Found Handcuffed handcuffed in basement

Boy Handcuffed to Pole Since September

Some stories are hard to report, this is definitely one of them.  I’ve heard many stories in my life about the cruelty of human beings, and I have never been able to forget about them.  They make no sense.  There is no possible way I can understand how someone’s mind could work that way.

A seventeen year old boy was found handcuffed to a support pole in the basement of a Kansas City home.  In a police report released Wednesday, officers described the victim as dressed in dirty clothes and his “face was sunken in on the sides and his eyes had a look of desperation.”

The boy told officers he had been there since last September, and was unlocked only 3 times a day to go to the bathroom.  The only food he received was instant oatmeal, top ramen, and bologna sandwiches.

Neighbors said the boy was mentally challenged, and were very saddened when they saw him taken away in an ambulance.  They said they were certain that he had long been abused by his stepmother and father.  One neighbor reported the suspected abuse and called the Missouri Department of Social Services hot line.  The victim’s older brother told them that he had hit his mother and was “on permanent house arrest”.

When school friends came by to ask why he hadn’t been at school, his stepmother told them he was out of town.

The boy was taken to a hospital, treated, and placed in custody of the Clay County Children’s Division.  A 2-year-old child also living at the residence was placed in state custody, authorities said.

Police would not comment on what charges may be filed because the case is still under investigation.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

5 Responses to Boy Found Handcuffed in basement

  1. ladyjaenh June 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Truly horrid thing to do to any one. That poor child, I hope he will be cared for now.

  2. ColdHarshReality February 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Why hasn’t the DA filed charges against the family?

  3. thecrud February 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Every fiber of my being wants to hunt this family down and behead the lot of them.

  4. kayice February 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The 3 adults in the house should be charged with abuse and neglect…including the older brother since his little brother is 17 and mentally challenged. One can just imagine what that older brother will do to his children—he learned it from dear old dad and step-mom. These people knew it was wrong because they attempted to hide their abuse.
    Break the Cycle of Abuse in this Country.


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