March 21, 2012

Michael Marshall, Sharon Glass - Locked Starving Boy In Closet For Weeks, Because He Was Stealing Food

Titusville, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Michael Marshall, 38, and his live-in girlfriend Sharon Glass, 48, were jailed Thursday after they allegedly caged a starving boy because the child was allegedly "stealing" food from them.

According to police, officers were dispatched to the couple's residence Thursday after receiving a complaint of alleged child abuse.

Arriving officers found an emaciated 12-year-old boy laying on the floor of a locked closet. The boy was dehydrated, showed signs of malnutrition and weighed just 40 pounds.

The couple arrived home while police were conducting the investigation and admitted to confining the boy and depriving him of food on a regular basis.

As the investigation unfolded, detectives learned that the boy had been locked in a closet, strapped to a bed or confined to a bathroom for days or weeks at a time during the past year.

The couple said they began locking the boy up as punishment because he would steal food after they had deprived him of it.

Detectives also learned that the boy had been moved from school to school until he was eventually removed from school altogether. In October 2010, the couple withdrew the boy from the county's home school record. That was the last time a school of any kind had any record of the boy's attendance.

The victim and four other children (ages 5 to 12) were removed from the couple's home and placed into protective custody. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Marshall and Glass were booked into jail and charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse (caging a child) and aggravated neglect.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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