Depravity: Mother and boyfriend arrested for chaining son to radiator for 2 weeks

A New Jersey boy says his mother and her boyfriend chained him by his ankle to a radiator pipe for two weeks.

Florence M. Pollard, 31, and Brian L. Craig, 29, were arrested Monday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal restraint.

“This level of depravity inflicted upon a child is chilling,” said Camden Police Chief J. Scott Thomson. “We’re just thankful that the child had an opportunity to escape and report what has been going on so we could arrest this couple and put a stop to their cruelty.”

Pollard called police to their home Monday at 3:35 p.m. to report that her 10-year-old son had run away.

A 10-year-old boy from Camden, N.J., escaped the home of his mother and her boyfriend, who he said chained him to a radiator in his home for two weeks.

Shortly after the couple’s neighbor found the child a few blocks away. He appeared malnourished, clung to a fence and told the neighbor that he did not want to go home, so the neighbor called the police.

The boy told officers that his mother strapped him to a heater with a metal chain in his mother’s room as punishment and was forced to sleep on the floor without blankets. He also said that they tied his hands with plastic zip ties.

The boy also told cops that he was regularly forced to sleep with his ankle chained to a heater in his mother’s room and that his hands were cable tied on occasion.

“Upon a search of the house we found a chain in the bedroom and we found a lock,” Officer Michael Daniels told the Daily News.

“To treat a child this way is inhuman,” said Sgt. Janell Simpson, supervisor of the department’s special victims unit. “He could have been seriously injured or died had this continued, so to get this child and his brothers and sisters out of that environment was critical.”

Pollard and Craig are being held at county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail each.

The boy and his five siblings — two sisters and three brothers ranging from 7 months to 11 years old — are in the care of the state.

Authorities are still investigating the case.

Read more: NY Daily

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