12-year-old boy tortured, couple arrested

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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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sueboo418
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sueboo418 12/16/08 - 11:06 am
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What is wrong with these

What is wrong with these people???????? I think they should get the same treatment that they gave this poor child then on to jail and from what I have heard the folks in jail do not like those that abuse children sexually or otherwise.

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 12/16/08 - 11:32 am
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I agree sue - people are

I agree sue - people are crazy! If they didn't want the child, there are plenty of people out there that would have taken him and cared for him like a child should be. This is awful and these people need to feel what they put that child thru!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/16/08 - 11:54 am
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Sad to say but I know there

Sad to say but I know there are a lot more children in this situation right now as we type. We need to pray and continue to ask God to reveal and hedge and protect these children in Jesus name.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 12/16/08 - 12:22 pm
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I wish that I was in a

I wish that I was in a position to help a young child like this to show them real love and caring. Other than that no words can express how this makes me feel.

jack
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jack 12/16/08 - 01:29 pm
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Never mind sending them to

Never mind sending them to jail. Turn'em over to me.

SIGHER
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SIGHER 12/16/08 - 03:27 pm
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Sick, sick, just sick people!

Sick, sick, just sick people! That poor kid! I hope his new foster parents care for and love him and get him some help! He's going to need it. What a sorry [filtered word] mother and stepfather!

shamrock
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shamrock 12/16/08 - 03:53 pm
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I don't need their identity

I don't need their identity revealed. What I would like is for someone to let other inmates where they are jailed know why they are there. Amazing how many hardened criminals have a soft heart when it comes to a child! And, yes, DoubleD, this child does need someone to show him real love and caring. I hope he gets it soon!

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 12/16/08 - 04:05 pm
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2 tall trees ...2 short

2 tall trees ...2 short ropes

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 12/16/08 - 04:47 pm
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yes, I agree - 2 tall trees

yes, I agree - 2 tall trees and 2 short ropes AFTER they receive the SAME torture that they used on this poor boy. I will take him in and give him a home. This is so so so sad and so sick. Let's hope they do go to prison, because they will NOT survive the torture they will receive there.

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corgimom 12/16/08 - 05:27 pm
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I can tell you, having had an

I can tell you, having had an abusive parent, that everything is about THEM and about them having control, and they will swear to you up and down that they didn't do anything wrong, that it was the child's fault.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 12/16/08 - 05:36 pm
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More dirtbags who should be 6

More dirtbags who should be 6 feet under.

MercadiesMX1983
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MercadiesMX1983 12/16/08 - 07:23 pm
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That is a shame that we have

That is a shame that we have people on this earth & this close to home that are so stupid! It really makes me mad to see someone take a blessing that God has given them & abuse it like that. There are people here who would LOVE the chance to be a parent & we have sorry excuses for people treating their kids like this. I can only hope that they will get worse in jail/prison.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 12/16/08 - 09:35 pm
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We don't have anything on

We don't have anything on Florida, Mercadies. Those people are flat out nuts.

GGpap
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GGpap 12/17/08 - 03:09 am
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Well Jack Fruit, if there is

Well Jack Fruit, if there is a god or a jesus, why do they continue to turn thier backs on the abused chidren of the world. I'm afraid your prayers are worthless, Jack.

laprince
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laprince 12/17/08 - 12:43 pm
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Ignorant GGpap, God gave

Ignorant GGpap, God gave children to parents to nurture and care for them. They have a choice to train, protect and raise them properly. When they don't do what they are suppose to do they will reap the consequences, plus have there children taken from them. Whether naturally are spiritually, they will get many stripes for this. Please don't wind up in hell GGPAP for denying God and Jesus. READ, Romans 1st chapter....

GGpap
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GGpap 12/17/08 - 02:41 pm
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Brilliant LAPRINCE, if your

Brilliant LAPRINCE, if your god had the power to "give" children to parents, shouldn't he/she also have the power to also SAVE those children from the parents that might abuse the gifts of god, is he/she just powerful here, but weak as a new born pup there? To hell with the "stripes" the parents may receive after death, what will those stripes do for the abused children TODAY? If you think me ignorant, please don't ever look in a mirror while you're praying. GGpap.

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