TOKYO (dpa) – Japanese police arrested the parents of an eight-year-old boy Thursday for allegedly keeping their child chained to a pillar, local media reported.
The couple allegedly locked up their son for eight hours in their house in the western city of Nagahama with a three-metre chain and two padlocks, the Kyodo News agency reported.
The mother and stepfather have admitted to the charges, Kyoto reported, citing local police.
The child’s friends came to the house and spotted him through a window, and alerted police via a neighbour, local media reported. The police found him chained up in a weakened state with a child’s potty nearby, Kyodo said.
The boy was taken to hospital but did not have any significant visible physical injuries, the report said.
The primary school he attended had previously told local police of suspected abuse after finding he had burns and bruises. Authorities visited the home but took no further action because the boy said he was “all right,” Kyodo said.