Police: Child locked in room without carpet or bed, forced to sleep naked
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Police discovered evidence of child abuse on Sept. 5 after responding to calls from neighbors expressing concern for a boy's well-being.
It was reported that the 7-year-old boy was being withheld meals by his parents and did not appear to have gained any weight in a year, according to court documents.
It was also reported that the boy was left in the same clothing for a long period of time.
Police visited the residence and interviewed the child. The boy reportedly expressed suicidal and homicidal thoughts.
The boy described being locked in a room with no carpet, padding, bedding or pillows for months.
In a later interview, police reportedly discovered that the boy was made to sleep on the floor in the bedroom with no clothes, completely naked, with one blanket.
He described the room as having no carpet, reportedly because he would eat the carpet and urinate on the carpet.
According to court documents, the boy explained how he would be locked in the room for an entire day without food, and when in trouble with his parents they would put him in an ice-cold shower and tell him, "I hope you remember how this feels."
The boy stated that when he was locked in the room he would ask to use the restroom; sometimes they would let him and sometimes they wouldn't.
When he wasn't allowed to leave the room, court documents say, the child urinated in an area of the room not seen by a camera that his parents had set up.
Police interviewed the mother, Paulette Boersma. She stated the camera system is a live feed that allows them to communicate with a speaker back and forth with their son when he is in the room, court documents say.
She further explained that the boy had to wave his arms at the camera to request communication with a parent.
This investigation is ongoing. 2News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.