A merciless Pennsylvania couple kept their three young sons locked in an empty coal cellar known as “the opening” for days at a time, police mentioned.
Richard Hayes, 37, of Mount Oliver, and Natosha Bell, 26, of Rankin, had been arrested Wednesday at McClure Elementary Faculty in White Oak, the place Hayes’ 11-year-old son refused to get into his automobile at dismissal time, in line with a prison grievance obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation.
The frightened boy mentioned he didn’t wish to be handcuffed once more as he clung to a college worker, a witness informed police.
Hayes opened the minivan’s door and a faculty worker noticed the couple’s two different kids, ages 7 and 10, each in handcuffs, in line with the grievance.
White Oak police detained the couple and mentioned Hayes additionally had a loaded handgun with him. Allegheny County police took the three boys into emergency custody and so they later informed authorities at a hospital of the brutal remedy they endured, in line with the grievance.
Cops mentioned Hayes is the daddy of the 2 older boys, whereas Bell is the mom of the 7- and 10-year-old boys. The three kids every mentioned they had been locked in “the opening” for a number of days at a time. One baby claimed he was held captive for a whole weekend, the grievance states.
Detectives later discovered proof backing up the abuse claims at Hayes’ house, WPXI reported.
Police mentioned “the opening” was truly an empty coal cellar that had no lights or water and a concrete flooring.
One other room in the basement was additionally known as “the cell,” the boys informed police whereas describing the bucket they had been pressured to make use of as a bathroom. The 7-year-old boy mentioned he was locked away in the room with out mattresses or pillows for taking meals when he was hungry, the grievance states.
The 7-year-old additionally mentioned Hayes pressured his head underwater in a tub, which he admitted to investigators, in line with the grievance. Hayes additionally reportedly informed cops he made the three boys sleep on a basement flooring and that he had handcuffed them at occasions.
The couple is dealing with 14 prices in all, together with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and baby endangerment. Hayes was additionally charged with possessing a weapon on faculty property.
A decide denied bail Thursday for Hayes. The standing of Bell’s bail was not instantly obtainable, the Tribune-Evaluation reported Thursday.
“That is maybe one of the vital severe incidents of kid abuse I’ve seen in my profession,” Allegheny County Police Inspector Michael Peairs informed KDKA. “If it weren’t for the 11-year-old refusing to enter the automobile and the varsity officers and cops — in the event that they hadn’t seen what was happening and the crimson flags and indicators — the abuse may have continued.”