UPDATED: Teen Reportedly Tortured For 18 Months

A fourth suspect is in police custody in the case of a 16-year-old boy who showed up emaciated and shackled at a Northern California gym.

Tracy police say 29-year-old Anthony Waiters was arrested Tuesday at his workplace in Pleasanton.

He was booked at San Joaquin County Jail on charges of torture, conspiracy, child endangerment, corporal injury to a child and false imprisonment.

Police did not release further details, citing a judge's gag order. It was not immediately known if Waiters had an attorney.

Three other people face torture, kidnapping and child abuse charges in the case. Authorities say the boy had been kept chained in a fireplace, choked with a belt and denied food for days at a time during more than a year in captivity.

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Three adults face multiple charges, including kidnapping and torture, in the abuse of a teenage boy who managed to escape in Tracy, California.

He fled to a nearby fitness center with a chain still attached to his foot. He appeared emaciated, was covered in soot, and wore only boxer shorts. The boy is 16 or 17 years old.

One of those charged has given an interview with KGO-TV of San Francisco. Kelly Layne Lau says the boy was burned with a heated aluminum baseball bat. She told KGO that she took part for fear her own children might be hurt.

Police say the boy was sometimes kept shackled in the house and abused with a belt and knife. The abuse allegedly went on for almost a year and a half.

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  • by vh Location: Kinston on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    I say "chain them to a fireplace" and deny them food and water for a year and then see how they feel!!! WE NEED TO START WITH HARSHER PUNISHMENT FOR THESE SICKOS OR IT WILL CONTINUE!!!
  • by sarah Location: phoenix on Dec 11, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I just don't understand what makes people get to this point.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 11, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    This is just down right sick and sorry as they come.
  • by BECCA Location: NC on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:56 AM
    I swear these people who tourture other people need to go to the opposite of heaven
  • by D Location: NC on Dec 10, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    You reap what you sow. These people will answer for this one day.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    One of the worst things about this is the adults who did this to this boy will probably spend less time in prison than he did chained up to a fireplace. This child will never live a normal life without years of therapy. There needs to be justice for this child. But knowing our court system and the government that mandates the sentencing laws, justice will never be served.
  • by ness on Dec 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    did they say why the hurt the boy?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    there are some sorry people in this world and they are not punished by the law just a slap on the wrist if the law doesn't start doing something to these idiots we are in a heck of a mess
  • by john Location: pitt on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    I hane no use for people like this, send them out of the country to some isolated area where other people of this nature will be sent

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