A Maryland couple is facing child abuse charges for allegedly restraining their 7-year-old son with plastic and zip ties over a seven month period.
Authorities started investigating on Dec. 2, 2015 at a residence in Clarksburg, Maryland, reports WJZ.
The boy was taken to Shady Grove Hospital for numerous injuries to his body and for a possible seizure, according to charging documents.
Hospital records show the boy suffered “non-accidental traumatic injury,” including bruising, abrasions and blisters all over his body, reports WJZ.
The 7-year-old says that his father, Craig Williams, would bind him up in plastic wrap starting from his neck, and then zip tie him before bed to keep him in place, according to charging documents.
The victim told authorities that he was bound in plastic for almost the entire day before Thanksgiving. The next day he was bound until dinnertime. The boy reports there were days when he was not fed while “bound” in his room.
The victim told investigators that “he had thoughts of not wanting to live anymore.”
Several other siblings live in the Williams home with the victim, including a 1-year-old, a 4-year-old, a 6-year-old, 12 year-old and a 17-year-old, according to officials. It is unknown if they too were subject to any abuse from their parents, though neighbors told WRC that they saw no sign of abuse to any of the couple's six children.
Nicole confessed to wrapping the boy from his shoulders to his knees in the past, according to the charge documents.
Both Craig and Nicole confessed to the dreadful acts committed on their 7-year-old son and are facing first degree child abuse indictments.
David Driscoll, the lawyer representing Craig, told WRC, "I don't believe police looked as deeply as they could or should have into the back story of this case."
They are expected to appear in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 12.