Boy, 14, claims he was imprisoned for years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man and woman have been jailed on multiple complaints of child abuse after a 14-year-old boy told police he had spent years locked in a bedroom closet.

A security guard at a National Guard facility called police on Friday after the teen showed up, malnourished and with multiple scars and other signs of abuse.

According to a police report, the teen told police he escaped from his home in northeast Oklahoma City, where he says he had been kept for 4½ years.

Police say they interviewed the boy's mother and her friend, and both were booked on 20 counts of child abuse and 20 counts of child neglect.

Thirty-seven-year-old LaRhonda McCall and 38-year-old Steve Hamilton both are being held on $400,000 bond.

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