UPDATE: Thursday, February 7, 2013
A suburban Kansas City judge has ruled a 17-year-old who was found handcuffed to a steel pole in the basement of his home this week will stay with a foster family for now.
The teen spoke at a probable cause hearing Thursday morning. His father also was there and asked for a lawyer, but did not make comments.
Clay County juvenile court officer Alan Gremli says the boy is happy with his foster family. Gremli urged the judge Thursday to let the teen stay there because of dangerous living conditions at the boy's home.
The teen was found Monday after a neighbor called authorities.
No charges have been filed against the boy's father, stepmother or older stepbrother, all of whom lived in the home.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Northland teenager was found handcuffed to a pole in the basement of a home on Monday, Kansas City police said.
Police said officers were called to the home in the 4000 block of North Wheeling Avenue on Monday afternoon by a Clay County Children's Division worker. The worker said she was there to check on a boy reported to have been chained to a steel bar.
According to an incident report, police officers said they met a woman who identified herself as the boy's stepmother.
When officers asked to speak to the boy, the woman told them he was downstairs sleeping and that she would get him, according to the police report.
Officers asked the woman to stay where she was and then they entered the dark basement.
According to the report, officers heard someone saying, "I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything."
Police reported that when they turned on the light, they saw a "frail-looking male getting out of the fetal position on the concrete floor."
Officers said the boy was handcuffed to the pole, and he was wearing dirty clothes.
According to the police report, the boy, who said he was 17, told officers that he had been kept in the basement since his father had taken him out of school on Sept. 27.
The teen told officers that he had not been fed much, and after he found a way out in October, he was handcuffed to a bed. The boy said he took apart the bed and tried to use a rail to break open a door in November to get food, but was not successful. After that, the teen said he was then handcuffed to the steel pole.
The boy told police that his daily routine started at 4 a.m. when someone would come down and let him use the bathroom and gave him a packet of instant oatmeal. At 3:30 p.m., he would again be let out to use the bathroom and was given a packet of Raman noodles before he was locked up. Some time in the evening, the boy said he would get two bologna sandwiches and a cup of water before he was locked up for the night.
Two of the people who lived in the home told police that the teen was locked downstairs because "in December, they let him upstairs and he ate almost an entire bowl of fruit at one time."
The teenager was taken to a hospital for treatment and placed in protective custody.
Source: KMBC-TV in Kansas City