Teen Locked Up In Closet For Years
A 14-year-old, Oklahoma boy, had escaped from a home after he was kept there for 4 1/2 years, with most of his time locked in a bedroom closet. LaRhonda Marie McCall, 37, mother of the 14-year-old boy and friend, Steve Vern Hamilton, 38, was arrested with child abuse and child neglect.
A security guard at a National Guard facility in Oklahoma City called police on Friday after the teen showed up malnourished and with numerous scars and other signs of abuse, police Sgt. Gary Knight said
Knight had said "he was hungry. He was dirty. He had numerous scars on his body, it was sad."
Formal charges have not been filed, and both were being held on $400,000 bond, according to jail records
The Teenaged boy had been only wearing a pair of oversized shorts held up by a belt, has just walked up to a guard at the Guard facility around 5 p.m and had asked where he could report being abused.
He told police that scars on his stomach and torso were from where alcohol had been poured on him and set on fire. Other scars were from being tied up, hit with an extension cord and choked, the boy told police
Knight had also said "he had scars covering most of his body, they were basically from head to foot."
The teen told police he moved to the Oklahoma City area from New Jersey about 4 1/2 years ago after his mother was released from jail. Since arriving in Oklahoma, he said, he had never been to school and spent most of his time locked in a bedroom closet
The had told Knight that "the closet door was mostly blocked with a stepladder or a bed and that he managed to push the door open enough to escape and leave the house."
Knight said six other children living at the home were taken into DHS custody, but none showed signs of abuse.
A DHS spokeswoman said she could not discuss specific cases but generally an investigation would be conducted before any of the children are returned to the home or placed with other family members