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Chained up boy calls 911, parents face charges

Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg were arrested on charges of child abuse.
Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg were arrested on charges of child abuse.

Child abuse and neglect is a growing epidemic in the United States. It's hard to rationalize, but statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds. As heartbreaking as it is these statistics are increasing daily.

Today WNEM.COM reported the adoptive parents of an 8-year-old boy are "behind bars on child abuse charges" after the boy who was "chained up called 911 for help."

Wednesday evening police arrested Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg after their adoptive son told police that he "had to sleep on a dresser while he was chained up in his bedroom." He also told authorities that "he was chained inside a backyard shed for three days and was denied food by his mother and father."

According to the affidavit, "one of their adoptive sons called 911 and told police he was chained to his bedroom wall."

The affidavit also states when police officers found the 8 year old boy his clothing was soaked in urine. The boy was later taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital where "doctors found scarring, abrasions, and signs of malnutrition."

According to reports, the boy's biological mother found him chained up in the home and now she is asking for her parental rights back.

Today Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg are facing aggravated child abuse charges. During a court appearance on Thursday, the accused couple was arraigned. Melvin Bloomingburg is currently being held under a $75,000 bond. His wife, Kenya, is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.

If the couple is convicted of the charges they could be facing a prison sentence up to 8 to 60 years.

If you see, hear or suspect a child is being abused or neglected it is your moral duty to report it. Here is a list of state toll-free numbers for specific agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. For your privacy and protection you can file a report of child abuse anonymously.

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