Cops: Woman bound boy, 7, and said 'ghosts will come soon'

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Posted: Aug 19, 2016 9:05 AM

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania woman bound a misbehaving 7-year-old boy in her basement, then told him "the ghosts will come soon."

Sunbury police say 56-year-old woman abused the boy, the son of a friend, last August.

According to a police complaint, child welfare caseworkers say the boy was also forced to sit in a sweltering attic and stand in a corner in his underpants.

Police say caseworkers reported Sandra Santiago after she returned the boy to a day care with cuts and bruises on him. Santiago allegedly used plastic cable ties to bind the boy to a metal post in the basement.

She doesn't have an attorney or a listed telephone.

Police say she acknowledged restraining the boy, but denied the other alleged abuse. She faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 30.