Lori Hamilton Jail Booking
Lakeland, FL (The Weekly Vice) - Lori Hamilton, a 42-year-old Florida woman was charged Thursday with repeatedly locking a child inside a roach infested kitchen cabinet and then leaving him locked inside for hours at a time.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Hamilton repeatedly punished a 4-year-old boy by forcing him into a dirty kitchen cabinet that was infested with roaches and spiders.
Hamilton then allegedly secured the cabinet with screws so the little boy would be unable to escape.
Investigators say the victim was routinely locked inside the cabinet for hours at a time. He urinated and defecated on himself as a result.
Hamilton reportedly denied the charges stating that she only locked the boy inside the cabinet on four occasions and that the duration of the confinement was for no more than 20 minutes.
She stated that she locked the boy inside the cabinet because he would keep her up at night.
The victim told investigators that he was often bitten by roaches and spiders and was forced to urinate inside the cabinet because he was locked inside for long periods of time. Witnesses have reportedly confirmed the boy's story.
Deputies who entered Hamilton's residence found the conditions to be deplorable. Floors and counter tops were covered with dirty dishes, rotting food and general filth.
The relationship between Hamilton and the boy has not been released.
Hamilton was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with child abuse w/o great bodily harm. She was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
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September 09, 2012
Posted by Danny Vice at 9:27:00 PM
Lori Hamilton - Charged With Repeatedly Locking Boy Inside Roach Infested Cabinet For Hours