2 Charged In Case Of Teen Handcuffed To Pole In Basement

Clay County prosecutors charged a Northland teen


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Clay County prosecutors charged a Northland teen's father and stepmother after investigators said he was found handcuffed to a pole in the basement of the family's town home.

David L. Martin, 42, and his wife, Pamela, 41, were charged with felonious restraint and abuse of a child.

Officers were called to the family's home Feb. 4 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.

Police said they found a "frail-looking" teenager in a dark basement.

According to the incident report, officers heard someone saying, "I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything."

Officers said the boy, 17, was handcuffed to the pole, and he was wearing dirty clothes.

According to the police report, the boy, told officers that he had been kept in the basement since his father had taken him out of school on Sept. 27, and he had not been fed much.

In court documents, David Martin told authorities that his son suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is bi-polar, and the family has not been able to afford the prescribed medication. Martin said the teen had attacked his wife on occasions.

Prosecutors requested $50,000 bail in the case. Court appearances for the Martins have not been scheduled.

Source: KMBC-TV, Kansas City

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