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    Frail teen found cuffed in basement

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities found a frail 17-year-old boy handcuffed to a pole in his parents’ Kansas City basement, where he said he’d been kept since his father withdrew him from school in September.

    Police said Wednesday that they were still investigating and hadn’t turned over any of their findings to prosecutors for consideration of possible charges. The teen was put in the custody of child services.

    According to a police report, an officer and social worker who were acting on a phoned-in tip visited the family’s home on Monday. When they entered the basement, they heard someone cry out, ‘‘I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.’’


    ‘‘I then observed a thin, frail-looking male getting out of the fetal position on the concrete floor around a steel support pole,’’ Officer Jonathan Stone wrote in the report. The teen was handcuffed to the pole and looked very thin for his height, with a sunken face and eyes that ‘‘had a look of desperation.’’

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    After police freed the shivering boy from the handcuffs and helped him calm down, he said he had been kept in the basement since September. He said he was initially ‘‘just locked in the basement, but was not fed much.’’

    He told police that his father would wake him each day at 4 a.m. to use the bathroom and give him a packet of dried oatmeal. In the afternoon, he would again be allowed to use the bathroom and would get a packet of noodles. Later, he would get two bologna sandwiches and a glass of water.

    Another adult in the home told police that the teen was ‘‘locked downstairs because in December they let him upstairs and he ate almost an entire bowl of fruit at one time.’’

    Associated Press