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Missouri couple charged with handcuffing 17-year-old to basement pole; boy weighed 103 pounds

A Missouri couple accused of handcuffing the husband's teenage son to a basement pole has been charged with child abuse.

Forty-two-year-old David Martin and 41-year-old Pamela Martin were charged Tuesday in Clay County Circuit Court with felonious restraint and child abuse. Bond has been set at $50,000. The prosecutor's office didn't know if they had attorneys.

The 17-year-old was found Feb. 4 after a neighbor contacted a social services agency. Police found the boy in the basement curled in a fetal position and locked to a steel pole.

He told investigators he had been kept in the basement since his father pulled him out of school in September.

Court documents say the boy's weight had dropped from 130 pounds to 103 pounds. The couple says the boy is bipolar.

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