55-pound Alabama teen hospitalized after 2 years in basement

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2016 3:54 PM

HELENA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities said a 14-year-old boy weighing about 55 pounds is fighting for his life after spending much of two years locked in the basement of his Alabama home.

Al.com (http://bit.ly/2fWemzo) quotes Shelby County authorities as saying that the child is in critical condition at an area hospital. Court records show that his parents, Richard and Cynthia Kelly, have been charged with aggravated child abuse. Bond for each is set at $1 million

The investigation began Sunday when Helena police were notified of the boy's arrival at the hospital.

According to arrest warrants, the couple is accused of denying food, nourishment and medical care to the boy, who was "subjected to forced isolation for extended periods of time." The boy suffered from chronic malnourishment and shock according to the arrest warrant.

Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar says it's the worst case of neglect he's ever seen.

Barry Spear, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Human Resources, tells The Associated Press that a local hospital on Sunday morning reported the child's condition to child welfare authorities. He said the department did not have any prior reports of abuse or neglect involving the teen.