CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey mother and her boyfriend were accused of chaining her 10-year-old son to a radiator pipe for two weeks.
Camden County Police announced Tuesday that 31-year-old Florence Pollard, of Camden, and 29-year-old Brian Craig, of Blackwood, were arrested Monday in Camden and charged with child endangerment and criminal restraint.
Authorities say Pollard called police to report her son had run away. But when the child was found a few blocks away, he told officers he had been chained to a radiator in his mother's bedroom by his ankle for two weeks as punishment. Police say he was sometimes unchained to eat and to use the bathroom, but that his hands were also occasionally bound.
Officers say they found a chain and lock attached to a radiator.
Pollard and Craig are each being held on $50,000 bail. It's not known if either has retained an attorney.
The boy and his five siblings — ranging in age from less than 1 year old to 11 years old — were in the custody of state child-welfare officials.