I was meaning to put this one up the other day and then completely forgot about it until someone made a comment about the new Alice in Chains album and I instantly thought of Man in a Box and then this story. A security guard at a National Guard facility was approached by a teen wearing nothing but over sized shorts held up with a belt. He was hungry, covered with scars and wanted directions to the nearest police station so he could report he was being abused by his mother. That turned out to be an understatement if the rest of his claims are true, as he also told investigators that since moving to Oklahoma City from New Jersey he had spent the majority of the last four years in locked bedroom closets.
The 14-year-old boy claimed that ever since his mother, 37-year-old LaRhonda Marie McCall, was released from prison four and a half years ago, he had been subjected to various forms of abuse on top of spending his life in the various closets of the apartments they moved into. He claimed that he had alcohol poured on him and set alight and that he was routinely tied up, hit with an extension cord and choked. Investigators have no reason to doubt his claims, especially since their are scars all over his body. “I personally have seen those photographs of the boy’s body, and he was subjected to a number of types of abuse,” police Sgt. Gary Knight said. “He was frequently locked in the closet for hours if not days at a time. He wasn’t allowed to leave, never attended school, never received medical attention.”
Seven other children lived with McCall, six of the minors were taken into custody of the Department of Human Services. None of them showed any signs of abuse. LaRhonda Marie McCall, 37, and a friend, Steve Vern Hamilton, 38, were arrested on 20 complaints each of child abuse and child neglect. Both remained jailed Tuesday on $400,000 bond.
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