A young 14-year-old boy in Bell County, Texas, was forced to stay in a wooden shack with limited food, no central heating, no plumbing and without the medication he needed, police told the Associated Press recently.
Even worse, the people who forced him to stay there were his adoptive parents of eight years, police say.
The unidentified teen has since been taken away from married couple Warner Stadler, 62, and Suzanne Stadler, 58, and placed in the custody of the state, according to KWTX.
According to an affadavit posted online by KXXV, prosecutors say the Stadlers abused and neglected the boy. Their conduct was eventually discovered in January when the boy was at his grandmother’s house and refused to leave because he was “scared.” His grandmother then investigated his living situation and called police.
Since then, investigators have researched a case that culminated in charges of child endangerment and criminal negligence last Friday, according to the AP. Under Texas law, both could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.
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