NEW INFO: Couple Says They Beat Boy For Years

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.



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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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  • by no accuse Location: washington on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    No child should ever have to endure something like this no matter what they did or didn't do. Our society has turned into a bunch of animals. When I hear of something like this, all I can see is the face of my three year little girl and just cannot imagine someone doing something like that to a child. Specially their own mother. Another case of, everyone is not fit to be a mother or parents in general. It is a good thing I'm not on that jury!!!!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Let me add, they should be held 'without' bond/ a.k.a. escape. He was...
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    Is this really America? This is added to my list of one the most heinous incidents of child abuse ever. I would not have lived through what that poor boy endured. I think they deserve the death penalty, no if's, and's, or but's. I hope that poor young man learns that not everyone is hateful, mean, and stupid. I pray he gets a better environment and a chance at the life he certainly deserves.
  • by Misty Location: Jacksonville on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    This sickens me! I read another article about this poor child where he told a security gaurd he wanted to know where a police station was so he could report being abused. He also told the security gaurd that the scars on his body were from his mother pouring alcohol on him and setting him on fire. The security gaurd said the poor boy was scared almost everywhere from head to toe. How could someone do this. I pray this kid gets some great counceling and lives a better life..And this will never be forgotten he has scars to remind him daily of the abuse. I hope he can overlook that and go on with his life, with new loving parents. God be with this poor child.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    OMG...how awful. Imagine the hell this child went through...and for what reason? There's NOTHING a child could do that would warrant this kind of punishment. I hope these 2 rot in jail.
  • by NANCY Location: GR NEBRASKA on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    HOW CAN THIS BEENGOING ON FOR SO LONG. WAS THIS BOY EVER IN SCHOOL/ HOW DID HE GET OUT ALL OF A SUDDEN. PEOPLE TREAT THERE FAMILY MEMBERS WORSE THAN ANY ANIMALS ON THE FACE OF EARTH,,I REALLY HOPE THIS SO CALLED MOTHER GETS HER CHANCE TO BE LOCKED UP AND NO BODY LOOKING FOR HER.,,
  • by Jennifer on Sep 29, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Just go ahead and return the favor to those sick sick animals!!! Poor child!!! This makes me sick!! You just never know how people are treated!! Oh man this make me mad!!
  • by betty Location: cortland on Sep 28, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    Send the mother & friend to jail with out a card to get out. They are freaks, no other way of looking at it. I hope they rot in hell.
  • by Lisa Location: Kinston on Sep 28, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    That mother should be ashamed of herself. Parents are supposed to protect their children not harm them. There are so many loving couples that cannot have children and so many couples that do not deserve the Lord's gift of a child. Shame on both those people.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Sep 28, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Lets see the boy spent about 4 years of his 14 year age in a closet so lets put her and her boyfriendin seperate closets for 11 years! Seems fair, of course she should never get "her" son back! Poor child!
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