A Florida couple were arrested on Thursday on charges that they caged the man’s 13-year-old son in a closet and kept him locked in a bathroom for weeks at a time.
Michael Marshal and Sharon Glass each face three counts of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect, according to news4jax.com. The two were described as boyfriend-girlfriend.
Police in Titusville, located in Brevard County about 40 miles east of Orlando, told the website that the officers went to the home Wednesday evening after receiving a report of child abuse. The boy, weighing 40 pounds, was found locked in the bathroom.
His appearance was described by hospital staff as resembling images of concentration camp survivors, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Marshal and Glass were being held without bond pending a first appearance Friday afternoon, according to The Associated Press. It was not immediately known if they have an attorney.
Child welfare officials are investigating, the AP reported. Other children at the home, ages 5 and 10, were removed and being seen by doctors, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
"No doubt that the younger two have been subjected to mental abuse," Carrie Hoeppner, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, told the newspaper. "All three siblings were victims."
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