HELENA, Ala. – A 14-year-old boy who weighs about 55 pounds is fighting for his life in a hospital after spending much of two years locked away in the basement of his suburban Alabama home, authorities said Tuesday.
Authorities said the teen was in critical condition, and court records showed that his adoptive parents, Richard and Cynthia Kelly, were charged with aggravated child abuse.
Bond for each was set at $1 million, but court records did not show whether either had a defense attorney.
The investigation began Sunday when Helena police were notified of the boy’s arrival at the hospital. The boy was chronically malnourished, dehydrated and close to death, Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar said during a news conference.
“It is our belief that he spent an extended period of time in what I would term as a forced isolation,” Folmar said.
A neighbor, who would not give her name to The Associated Press, said she recently saw a young man she believed to be the youth in the backyard cutting grass and noticed that he was “very small” and struggled with the lawn mower.
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