The father of a 13-year-old boy and his girlfriend have been arrested after keeping the young teen caged and deprived him of food. Michael Marshall, 38, and his live-in girlfriend, Sharon Glass, 48, were discovered to have kept the boy caged, strapped to a bed, and locked in a bathroom up to weeks at a time. In the end, he was found lying on the bathroom floor weighing only 40 pounds.
Hospital staff said the condition of the child resembled images of ‘concentration camp survivors’. He was severely malnourished and treated for dehydration.
The couple is from Orlando and have been charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The police in Titusville went to the home in Brevard County on Thursday evening after they had received a child abuse complaint. While the police were tending to the teen in very poor condition, the couple returned home.
Marshall and Glass confessed to keeping the boy caged as well as punishing him. According to these sick people, they punished the boy for stealing food after he had been denied food for a good amount of time.
They are still trying to investigate whether the other two children had to face the same type of abuse as the 13-year-old teen. Sadly, in many of these cases, one child is singled out, and this seems to be the case in this household as well. What a sad excuse for a father!