The 17-year-old was found cuffed to a pole in his parents’ basement in Kansas City.
According to a police report, an officer and social worker who were acting on a phoned-in tip visited the family’s home on Monday. When they entered the basement, they heard someone cry out, “I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.”
“I then observed a thin frail looking male getting out of the fetal position on the concrete floor around a steel support pole,” Officer Jonathan Stone wrote in the report. The teen was handcuffed to the pole and looked very thin for his height, with a sunken face and eyes that “had a look of desperation.”
After police freed the shivering boy from the handcuffs and helped him calm down, he said he had been kept in the basement since September, when his father removed him from school. He said he was initially “just locked in the basement, but was not fed much.”
He told police that in October, he managed to get out of the basement and get food, which angered his father, who tried handcuffing both his hands to a bed frame in a “cross position, but his arms were not long enough.”
The teen said he managed to take apart the bed in November and used a bed rail to break open the door, but he didn’t manage [to] find food. He told police that this time his father removed the bed from the basement and handcuffed him to the pole.