A couple in Alabama pleaded guilty of horribly torturing and abusing a 14-year-old adoptive son and are now looking to avoid prison time.
The couple identified as Richard Hobson Kelly and Cynthia Rogers Kelly, who is from Helen, adopted the kid and began to torture him from 2014 to 2016. During that time, they reportedly place him in the basement room for about 23 hours a day.
The boy was discovered in a horrific, close to death condition by the local cops. The boy was severely abused and was physically weak. The boy was rail thinned and rarely came out of the house. A local outlet reported that the boy was found in shock and suffering from respiratory distress and hyperthermia. The outlet also mentioned that the boy was living his days in hell and suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.
The boy was isolated from communicating socially and was forced to have only one meal in a day. The neighbors after the parent’s arrest claimed that they were feeling uncomfortable when they noticed a young boy mowing the Kellys’ lawn.
The couple was arrested in 2016 and were held at $1 million bonds at Shelby County Jail, but they were bailed out after the bond amount was amended to 100,000 each, after seven months, on July 5, 2017.
The state recommends the couple to serve ten years in prison, but the couple had rejected the jail time and had filed orders in Shelby County Circuit Court on December 10.
The Kellys’ sentence hearing is scheduled to February 2020 but they are preparing to file an application on Monday for probation. But the court has ordered a pre-investigation report before their sentence hearing in February.