Two men are being questioned by Chicago police after a 15-year-old boy said he was handcuffed to a table saw for days and beaten with a belt to “teach him a lesson for misbehaving,” authorities said.
The boy said he finally escaped the Albany Park business on the Northwest Side on Monday when a worker for one of the men removed screws to the back door of the basement where he was being kept, according to a police report.
The boy was then driven to his brother’s home about 2 1/2 miles away, where police were called and the boy taken to a hospital for treatment of bruises to his upper thighs and other injuries, the report said.
The two men, relatives of the boy, were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon but no charges have been filed, according to police.
The police report does not say what set off the alleged incident, which began on June 16 when the boy was forced into the basement and handcuffed to the table saw and left alone for the night.
The two men, ages 40 and 53, came back the next morning, ordered him to take off his clothes and used a garden hose and a bucket of ice water to bathe him, the report said. “The victim was then ordered to put his clothes on and begin construction work in the basement,” the report said.
The father fed him only once that day and placed him back into handcuffs and chained to him to a table saw for the night, police said. The boy slept on a piece of drywall, the report said.
The men repeated the abuse every day until this past Monday. On Saturday, the men “took turns hitting victim with a belt on his upper right thigh and buttocks, causing him to have a large bruised area,” the report said.
The boy told police a third man, a construction worker, gave him small amounts of food and finally removed the screws to the back door to help him get out after the two other men left, the report said.
Around 7 p.m. Monday, the worker drove the boy to his brother’s home in the 2900 block of West School Street, where the brother called 911 and reported the incident.
A Chicago Fire Department ambulance went to the home and took the boy to Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital, where he was treated and released to the care of the brother while state child welfare officials determine if he should be placed in another home, the report said.
Police took pictures of the boy’s injuries and the handcuffs and chain used to hold him, the report said.
Source: Chicago Tribune