ESCANABA (WWJ/AP) – A woman who pleaded guilty to abusing her 15-year-old son who was kept inside their home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for four years has received prison time.
A Delta County Circuit Court judge sentenced her on Tuesday to 20 years to 50 years for first-degree child abuse and the same amount of time for torture. The sentences will run concurrently.
Police say the boy rarely left a room made from tarps while being tortured and abused.
“There was a large room, like an attic, and a smaller room using tarps that were stapled to the walls and floor,” Escanaba police Capt. Jamie Segorski previously said. “The only source of heat was a space heater. He was allowed on the stairs to eat.”
The boy was rescued from the Escanaba home in April after a worried relative who hadn’t seen him in a long time called police.
The boy’s mother pleaded guilty in June. Her boyfriend pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse and no contest to aiding and abetting first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He’s scheduled for sentencing Aug. 19.
Names of those involved are being withheld to protect the boy’s identity.
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