Boy Chained To Radiator For Two Weeks, Says Police - New York News

Boy Chained To Radiator For Two Weeks, Says Police

Posted: Updated:
CAMDEN, N.J. -

A mother and her boyfriend have been arrested and charged after police say that the mother's 10-year-old son was chained to a radiator pipe in their home.

Police say that the child was chained for the past two weeks as punishment and had to sleep on the floor uncovered during the night. According to the kid, his hands were also occasionally restrained by plastic zip ties.

Police found this scene on Monday afternoon on the 2700 block of Cramer Street after Florence Pollard, the mother, called in to report that the 10-year-old had run away.

Surveillance video from an East Camden grocery store shows the 10-year-old boy working his way across Westfield street apparently looking for help. Police say he had just freed himself. See in the video, police say a neighbor caught up with the boy and called 911. Camden county officers arrive a short time later.

"This level of depravity inflicted upon a child is chilling," said Chief J. Scott Thomson. "We're just thankful that the child had an opportunity to escape and report what has been going on so we could arrest this couple and put a stop to their cruelty."

Pollard, 31, and her boyfriend Brian L. Craig, 29, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal restraint.

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency have also taken the boy's five siblings into its custody.

"To treat a child this way is inhuman," said Sgt. Janell Simpson, supervisor of the Camden County Police Department Special Victims Unit. "He could have been seriously injured or died had this continued, so to get this child and his brothers and sisters out of that environment was critical. We will continue the investigation to determine if there have been other abuses."

Neighbors can't believe it.

"That seems surprising, they seem like nice people. We see each other, always wave at each other," says one neighbor.

"No family members should be doing that to no kid at all. They don't deserve it. If a kid did something wrong that's not a way to punish him at all," says another. "The mother should be punished for this.

Neighbor Milagros Ramos says she's angry and shocked.

"How you got the (nerves) to do this to a kid? I don't know what else to tell you it's breaking my heart," she says. "That's awful because I got my kids, my nephews, my nieces. This is unbelievable...even an animal you don't treat it like that."

One of her nephews says that he heard alarming sounds coming from the house.

"I always used to hear the kids crying and screaming," he tells FOX 29

Police tell FOX 29 that it appears the boy "wasn't fed for quite some time." Authorities are continuing to investigate the developing case.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man Left Child In Car While Gambling In Del.

    Police: Man Left Child In Car While Gambling In Del.

    Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.
    Delaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.
  • New Jersey OKs Trump Plaza shutdown Sept. 16

    New Jersey OKs Trump Plaza shutdown Sept. 16

    New Jersey casino regulators have given final approval to Trump Plaza's plan to shut down in two weeks.
    New Jersey casino regulators have given final approval to Trump Plaza's plan to shut down in two weeks.
  • Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:08:01 GMT

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers.  Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:33:28 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:47:40 GMT
    Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. The 5:25 a.m. casino shutdown followed the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have closed, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices