A man and woman arrested in Oklahoma on allegations of abusing the woman's 14-year-old son have admitted to police that they repeatedly beat the boy.
In a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday, 37-year-old LaRhonda McCall told police she beat the teen numerous times on his chest, back and legs over the last three years. She told police she choked the teen and used a ruler and broom handle to beat him.
The boy told police he had been locked in various apartments in Oklahoma City over the last 4 1/2 years.
McCall's friend, 38-year-old Steve Hamilton, told police he beat the teen multiple times with a belt and wire cable and once struck him in the head with a tire jack.
He also told investigators that McCall frequently locked the boy in a closet.
McCall and Hamilton remain jailed. It is not clear if either has an attorney.
Authorities say the mother of a 14-year-old Oklahoma boy has been arrested after her child told police he had spent years locked inside a bedroom closet.
A police report says a security guard at a National Guard facility in Oklahoma City called police on Friday after the boy showed up looking malnourished and with several scars and other signs of abuse.
The report says the teen told police he escaped from his home in Oklahoma City, where he told police he had been kept in a closet for more than four years.
Police say they arrested the boy's 37-year-old mother and her 38-year-old friend on child abuse and child neglect charges. They were both being held in jail on a $400,00 bond.
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