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Fla. boy allegedly kept in locked closet

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - When Florida police checked out a child abuse report, they found an emaciated boy lying on the floor inside a locked bathroom at his home, apparently punished for stealing food. The boy was rushed to the hospital, where workers treated him for severe malnutrition and dehydration.

The 12-year-old boy’s father and his girlfriend have been charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Two other children at the home have been removed as child welfare officials investigate.

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