An arrest affidavit details a daily ritual of horror for a 16–year–old Grand Junction boy. According to the documents he was handcuffed to a railing in his home by his father and step–mother and beaten with a belt atleast 50 times in the last eight months.
11 News has chosen not to release the names of the suspects in order to protect the young victims in this case.
The allegations came to light when the boy ran away from home and asked family members for help. They called the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
According to court documents the teen had bruises on his wrists, several cuts, and weighed only 95 pounds. His 17–year–old sister told investigators she had witnessed the beatings and overheard her parents telling the boy if he didn't behave he couldn't have lunch. She told investigators she was never handcuffed, but she was spanked with the belt.
The boy's father and step-mother told deputies the boy was out of control and this was just a way to discipline him. They even asked a deputy if he though the handcuffs were too much according to court documents.
A doctor who did a mental health evaluation of both children said in the affidavit that the children had symptoms very similar to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says he has never seen a case like this in his whole career and he's glad the children are now out of the home.
According to the arrest affidavit there were atleast two prior reports of child abuse to the Department of Human Services. Those allegations were investigated and deemed unfounded.
Mesa County deputies arrested the step–mother yesterday on charges of child abuse, sexual assault on a child, and false imprisonment. She's being held on a $200,000 bond and will be back in court next week.
There is still a warrant out for the arrest of the boy's father.