PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (CBS/WTEV) Parents of a 10-year-old Florida boy are charged with child abuse after police found the boy, who was reported missing, under a bathroom sink, according to CBS affiliate WTEV.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said Thomas Anthony Boone, 38, and Kimberly Sue Boone, 39, each face three counts of aggravated child abuse for intentionally torturing, cruelly punishing and unlawfully holding the child captive, reported ABC's WZVN.
Charlotte County police began a search around 11 a.m. Saturday, after Thomas called the Sheriff's office to report the boy missing. Five hours later with the help of search dogs and helicopter units, authorities found the malnourished boy reeking of urine under the master bedroom sink. The boy told investigators that he escaped from his bedroom in search of food, then hid from his parents under the sink, said WZVN.
Investigators told WTEV that the couple held the boy captive in his bedroom where authorities said he was forced to sleep on a urine-drenched bed and suffered malicious punishment. According to WTEV, he was only allowed to leave for school or in the event that the family went away.
Thomas and Kimberly Boone were released after each posting each $15,000 bond.