A 14-year-old boy with mental problems was kept locked in a filthy room in a mice-infested trailer for three years, it is alleged.
The boy, described by his mother as ‘developmentally delayed,’ was only allowed out to take care of the family’s ducks, to clean and to eat, police say. He ate only about four times a week.
Authorities appear to missed numerous chances to intervene despite visiting the address numerous times. Police visited the home at least three times since 2007 but, incredibly, failed to notice that anything was wrong.
The boy’s mother Amanda Joliff, her boyfriend Richard Smith and the boy’s sister had kept him locked in the room since early 2008, he told police.