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Three arrested in case of teen handcuffed to pole in basement

Updated: 2013-02-12T15:57:10Z

By GLENN E. RICE and TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Authorities have arrested three persons in connection with the case of a 17-year-old boy found handcuffed last week to a basement pole in a Kansas City, North residence.

No criminal charges have been filed in the matter, but the investigative case file has been given to the Clay County prosecutor’s office. The names and specifics about the suspects were not released, but police took the individuals into custody Monday afternoon, said Sgt. Marisa Barnes, a police spokeswoman.

A concerned neighbor’s hotline call led police to the boy last week.

Officers found the teen curled in a fetal position and handcuffed to a steel pole in the townhouse basement, according to police reports. He told them that he had been restrained that way for several months.

The officers reported that the teen was “very thin” and wearing dirty clothes and had a look of desperation in his eyes.

He said he had been locked in the basement since Sept. 27, when his father withdrew him from his high school, where he was a sophomore, reportedly to home-school him.

The teen told police his father typically woke him at 4 a.m., allowed him to use the bathroom and fed him a packet of instant oatmeal. The father would lock him back up until he got home from work about 2:30 p.m.

He would be allowed another bathroom break and served one packet of ramen noodles before being handcuffed again.

Later in the evening, his father would bring him two bologna sandwiches with a cup of water before locking him up for the night, the youth recounted to police.

When officers spoke to the boy’s father and stepmother, they allegedly said they restrained the teen for their safety and his.

Neighbors described the teen as childlike and reported that last spring and summer they had seen him outside in all types of weather.

Neighbors said the boy always seemed to be hungry, and some had seen him digging through a trash bin looking for food.

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