12-year-old boy tortured, couple arrested

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - A couple has been charged with beating and torturing a 12-year-old boy. The Oconee County Sheriff's Office said the boy's mother and stepfather were arrested Thursday. Their names were withheld to protect the child's identity.


Investigators believe the boy was shot with pellet guns, pepper-sprayed and was handcuffed to a coat rack in a closet.

The couple is being held in the Oconee County Jail. Each were charged with a single count of first-degree cruelty to children.

Authorities said its likely they could face additional charges.

Athens-Clarke Police opened an investigation Monday to determine if the boy had also been abused at a local motel.

The boy is now living with a foster family.


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