Runaway boys tell police of abuse, confinement

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Three boys who recently ran away from home told police that they had been locked in a closet, given little food and forced to eat animal feces as punishment (home pictured, right).
Police were determining whether criminal charges should be filed against their mother or her companion. Lt. Sylvia Trundle, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the case Thursday.
A spokeswoman for children services in Summit County would not say if the boys had been confined. Children services was working to determine whether the boys' accusations were true.
The agency has placed the boys, ages 10, 13 and 14, in foster care along with their 6-year-old sister, who was removed from the home.
Two other boys, ages 8 and 9, were taken from the home and hospitalized for apparent malnutrition. The younger boy weighed 28 pounds.
A complaint was filed Wednesday in Summit County Juvenile Court, based on what the runaway boys told police when officers found them wandering city streets in ragged clothing. A hearing was set for May 23.
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