Police: Fla. couple kept boy 'caged inside closet'

March 16, 2012 - 12:15 PM

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A police report says a Florida couple locked an extremely malnourished boy inside a closet as punishment for stealing food they were withholding from him.

The police report says the 12-year-old boy was unlawfully caged in a closet, though it doesn't spell out whether there was a cage inside the closet. Authorities in Titusville have not returned telephone calls from The Associated Press.

The boy has been treated at a hospital for malnutrition and dehydration.

Jail records show 38-year-old Michael Marshall and 48-year-old Sharon Glass were charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated child abuse. It is not immediately clear if they have an attorney.

Other children at the home have since been removed by child welfare officials.

Titusville is about 40 miles east of Orlando.