Georgia couple accused of imprisoning son in basement

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Updated: 6/26 6:43 pm

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta said Thursday that a couple, who stand accused of locking their son in the basement of their home for more than a year, are now facing criminal charges.

Gwinnett County police said Thursday that the couple are accused of keeping the 13-year-old boy in a small room with a mattress and a makeshift toilet. Authorities say the boy was imprisoned for much of the past two years.

Smith said authorities began investigating after the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services received an anonymous tip June 15. Authorities say the child was fed consistently and showed no signs of physical abuse.

Police say the Division of Family and Children Services now has custody of the boy and his nine siblings.

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