Teen, 16, Claims He Spent Week Handcuffed in Room

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) -- Police in Southwest Michigan are investigating a 16-year-old boy's claims that he was handcuffed for a week in a tiny room with a Bible as punishment from his mother for shoplifting.

Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Chief Milt Agay tells the Herald-Palladium in St. Joseph that the boy and his 9-year-old sister now are in foster care.

The newspaper reports that the boy, handcuffed to a chair, was able to drag it to a computer Tuesday where he called 911 to his Berrien Springs home, about 80 southwest of Grand Rapids.

Agay says the mother was picking the boy's sister up from school at the time.

The boy says he was fed, allowed to use the bathroom and go outside to shovel snow.

The Berrien County prosecutor is reviewing the case.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    This might be extreme, but some of these kids need to be shocked like this. Jail time is worse. You don't have the luxury of calling someone to get out of it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    What a waste of time for the police! The kid was not hurt, was not injured, and deserved a lot worse than being grounded and handcuffed to a chair. Maybe a few days in a cell would make him see how very lucky he is that his mom wants to see he is a good person not a low life theif. Way to go to the mother.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    H4e should consider himself lucky! I would have done a lot more than that if it was my kid shop-lifting. I am sure he had food, water, and access to the bathroom. No cell phone, computer, i-pod or TV. I am sure he thought he was at least in Sing Sing prison. A normal spoiled brat. Congradulations to MAMA!!!!!
  • by kristina Location: lansing, mi on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    i give the mom props. for making her son suffer for shoplifting. an sometimes you have to do what you have too. an instead of him tryin to run away an do more stupid things that most young teens do. she put her foot down, she allowed him to use the restroom an go outside. i dont see anythin wrong with this.. the teen is over doing it like most do.
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