A couple is now facing child abuse charges after they allegedly kept their 12-year-old son locked up in his room for three months.
Robert Hohn II, 41, and Shannon Watterson, 39, are accused of imprisoning the boy in their home in Delaware. They have three other children who were not harmed.
Authorities found out about the incident after the boy escaped and ran to his neighbor’s house.
The boy came to the neighbor’s front door with no shoes on, covered in bruises on his face and body and seemed malnourished.
He said he was taken out of school and kept locked up in the room for months. The room only had a lamp in it.
He was also only allowed to leave his room when he had to use the bathroom.
The three other children, a 14-year-old girl, 9-year-old boy and 19-year-old boy lived normally in the house and were not locked up.
When police inspected the room, they found all the windows were screwed shut and the door handle was installed backwards so they could lock him in.
The couple faces one count each of felony first-degree child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, along with unlawful imprisonment and eight counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
A jury is expected to indict the couple on Monday.
They have been in jail since they were arrested on November 28 after a neighbor called police.
The four children have been placed in homes.
Beau Biden, state attorney general, said, “Too many children are victimized by abuse and neglect, often at the hands of those who are responsible for their care. It’s not a child’s responsibility to protect him or herself, it’s ours.”
The couple faces 25 years in jail if they’re found guilty.