What began with a runaway teen case earlier this year led to the child’s adoptive parents being arrested in Florida.
Tracy Ferriter46 and Timothy Ferriter46 years old, each charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of false imprisonment for forcing their 13-year-old son to live in their garage for five years – starting when he was a teenager eight.
Furthermore, the police in Jupiter, Fla. Reportedly, the child was confined in an 8-foot by 8-foot structure inside the garage.
Based on Tampa NBC branch WFLA, law enforcement describes the structure as having a door handle and a latch – with a light switch that can only be used from the outside. Inside the small cell-like structure, police said, were a camera, a mattress and a bucket.
“Adolescents were able to go to school; however, was limited in structure for the remainder of the day,” JPD said in a press release. collected by local ABC branch WBPF. “The meal was brought to the child and the bucket was provided for use in the bathroom.”
He informed the police that the victim was forced to clean the bucket himself.
The boy was also accused of direct physical abuse.
Various media outlets in the area reported that the investigation began when detectives followed a runaway investigation. It was January 30, 2021. On New Year’s Eve last year, the boy was found at school and detectives began interviewing him. That may be when the mother’s alleged story begins to fall apart. According to the local CBS affiliate WPECTracy Ferriter told police the structure was used as an office.
The woman’s story is said to have changed a few times. She later told police the structure was also used as a storage space before finally saying it was occasionally used by all of her children, police said.
“I feel like no one loves me,” the boy reported told the police – explaining why he ran away from his parents.
According to police, the boy said he was beaten, beaten with belts and vests, and repeatedly spit on. In his interview with law enforcement, he is said to have asked to be jailed so he wouldn’t have to return home.
The alleged teen’s siblings confirmed many of the details of the abuse. In addition, police say, investigators can corroborate horror stories by simply viewing saved footage – thousands of videos – edited by Ring cameras inside his longtime prison. child.
“We’ve been here for a while since 2007,” old neighbor Ari Preisendorf tell WFLA. “So knowing them… It cannot be said that we know them well but they usually keep it to themselves. Yes, but it’s weird and crazy news. It’s a three-car garage. On a single car garage, there is a room built into it, but I never go into the house or in the garage. You can see it from the outside. ”
Three other children were removed from the residence in question after their parents were arrested – including a two-year-old. They are currently in Child Protective Services in care.
Ferriters were arrested and held in the Palm Beach County Jail for $25,000 each. They were ordered not to contact any children who had lived in their home.
[images via Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office]
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