Crime

Sep 29, 2009 12:07 PM by Associated Press

Police: Teen frequently tied up, kept in closet

Police say an Oklahoma woman accused of beating her 14-year-old son frequently kept him tied up and had a lock installed on a bedroom closet where he often was kept.

Oklahoma City police Sgt. Gary Knight says investigators continue to conduct interviews and examine evidence as they prepare a criminal case against 37-year-old LaRhonda Marie McCall.

McCall and a friend have been arrested on 20 complaints each of child abuse and child neglect. Both remained jailed Tuesday on $400,000 bond. It wasn't clear if McCall had an attorney.

Police launched their investigation Friday after the teen told authorities he escaped from a home where he had spent years locked inside a bedroom closet.

Knight says investigators have no reason to doubt the teen's story.

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