FL Couple Accused Leaving Boy Caged in Closet

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Police say a Titusville couple charged with child abuse kept an emaciated 13-year-old boy locked in a cage.

Brevard County Jail records show 38-year-old Michael Marshal and 48-year-old Sharon Glass were charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated child abuse.

Both are being held without bond pending a first appearance Friday afternoon.

It is not immediately known if they have an attorney.

Officers searched the home after a report about a child being abused.

Police say the couple locked the boy in a closet as punishment.

They also strapped him to a bed for long periods of time.

The boy, who weighed just 40 pounds, was treated at a hospital for malnutrition and dehydration.

Police said the couple, who were caregivers for four other children living in the home, would lock the victim away as punishment after he began stealing food.

Child welfare officials are investigating.

Other children at the home have since been removed.

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