A woman, her husband and her mother were arrested on child abuse charges Thursday after a 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained in a central Alabama home, AL.com reported.
Nicole Martin, 32, Joshua Daniel Martin, 26, and Vickie Seale Higginbottom, 58, were charged with torture and willful abuse of a child under 18 by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, WFSA reported. All three were booked into the Autauga Metro Jail with bond set at $15,000 each, the television station reported.
Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger said deputies received an anonymous tip and went to the home. They found the boy naked and with chains around his ankles and attached to a door, WFSA reported. Deputies said the boy had been chained for a long period of time, the television station reported.
According to court records, the child’s mother and grandmother told investigators the boy was chained because he had kicked his 5-year-old brother the night before, AL.com reported.