Monday, September 28, 2009
Salt-And-Pepper Team Arrested For Keeping 14-Year-Old Boy In Closet In Oklahoma City For Over 4 Years, Face 20 Counts Of Child Abuse And Neglect
An interracial couple in Oklahoma City has been accused of keeping a 14-year-old boy locked in a closet for four-and-a-half years and now face 20 counts of child abuse and neglect. Initial stories published by KOCO Channel 5 and KWTV Channel 9; a more detailed account published by the Daily Oklahoman. KWTV news video embedded below:
The unidentified teen showed up at the Oklahoma National Guard Armory near NE 23rd and Interstate 35 at 4:55 P.M. on Friday September 25th, 2009 and disclosed he had escaped from his mother's apartment in the 2300 block of NE Grand Boulevard. In addition to being locked in a closet, the boy claimed he often was deprived of food for days at a time, was beaten frequently and, at least on one occasion, stabbed with a knife and burned. The teen showed visible signs of malnourishment as well as multiple scars.
LaRhonda McCall, 37, and Steve Hamilton, 38, have been booked into the Oklahoma County Jail and are being held on $400,000 bond. According to KWTV, McCall and Hamilton lived together in the apartment along with seven other siblings, six of who are juveniles. Preliminary investigation shows none of the other siblings were abused. No details are provided as to how long McCall and Hamilton have been together or how many, if any, of the children he personally sired. It may also emerge that this boy was incorrigible and the couple simply decided to handle it their own way.
There are consequences to "tasting the rainbow".