Two Arrested in Extreme Abuse Case

A 55 pound teenager is fighting for his life and his adoptive parents are behind bars. Richard and Cynthia Kelly are accused of locking the 14-year-old boy in the basement of their Helena home for much of two years. Investigators say the boy was given little food, water or medical care. The couple was charged Monday afternoon with aggravated child abuse, which is a felony. The investigation began after the Kelly’s took the boy to a hospital and a staff member contacted DHR. The investigation is still ongoing. The couple is being held at the Shelby County Jail with bonds set at one-million dollars each.


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