Charges filed in Kansas City handcuffed teen case

LIBERTY, Mo. - The father of a boy found last week handcuffed to a steel pole in his father's Kansas City home told police he was unable to afford medication for the boy and his family had "run out of solutions to help him."

That, and other new details came to light Tuesday in documents supporting charges against the man, 42-year-old David L. Martin and his wife, 41-year-old Pamela S. Martin.

Both were arrested Monday and charged Tuesday with one count each of felonious restraint and abuse of a child.

Police found the teen handcuffed to a pole in the basement of his father's home on Wheeling Avenue last Monday.

The teen told authorities he'd been in the basement since Sept. 27, 2012, when his father pulled him out of school to reportedly home-school him.

"The victim was observed to be thin, cold and wearing dirty clothes," the court documents supporting the charges stated. "His face was sunken in on the sides. He had sores and abrasions on both wrists."

The teen said his daily diet consisted of one package of oatmeal, one package of Ramen noodles and two bologna sandwiches. He had lost about 27 pounds since the alleged abuse began, the boy said, and weighed just 103 pounds when he was found.

The boy also told police he was allowed to shower just once every four weeks.

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Police said if it weren't for an observant neighbor who called authorities, the boy may not have lived.

David Martin told investigators he had been handcuffing the boy to the pole for about three weeks after he had escaped being locked in the basement.

READ: David Martin's charging documents (pdf): http://bit.ly/11E9hkT

According to the documents, Pamela Martin told police her step-son is a "psychopath diagnosed with bipolar disorder and extreme ADHD" and he had been physically abusive to her in the past.

READ: Pamela Martin's charging documents (pdf): http://bit.ly/VSza8I

At a custody hearing late last week, a Clay County judge decided the boy, who was set to return to school for the first time in months this week, would stay in state custody.

David Martin and his wife were being held in the Clay County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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