Cobb toddler left in room nailed shut, cops say

A Cobb County mother and her boyfriend are accused of locking a toddler in a bedroom by nailing the door shut, police said.

While the 3-year-old boy was locked in the room, he didn't have access to food and was surrounded by filth, according to arrest warrants obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers who went to the child's home on Monday had to kick down the bedroom door to reach the youngster, police said. The officers found that the boy was wearing a soiled diaper and had a severe rash.


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