September 29, 2009
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (The Weekly Vice) – LaRhonda McCall, 37, and her friend Steve Hamilton, 38, were arrested Saturday after a battered and beaten 14-year-old boy told authorities he had been locked inside a closet for four and a half years.
According to police, a 14-year-old approached a security guard at the Oklahoma National Guard Armory and told him the sad story of the last four and a half years of his life: He had been imprisoned inside his mother’s apartment since she had moved to Oklahoma from New Jersey, and was usually kept locked inside a closet.
Investigators say the boy was thin, hungry, emaciated and covered with scars. The boy told investigators he hadn't eaten for about a week and appeared as if he hadn't bathed in quite some time.
The victim told detectives he was repeatedly beaten, choked, and whipped with cords. His arms, neck and body were scarred and bruised. Although the boy was unable to say where he lived, police were able to locate McCall and Hamilton at her apartment Saturday morning. They were taken to police headquarters, interviewed, and arrested.
McCall and Hamilton were booked in to Oklahoma County Jail where they were each charged with 20 counts of child abuse and 20 counts of child neglect. They are being held on $400,000 bond.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 9:02:00 PM