The San Francisco Chronicle gives us an update on the “Shackled Teen”:
The 930-page transcript details a horrific imprisonment in which a bath for the boy meant having hot water thrown on him in the yard, meals were nonexistent and the abuse included being cut with a knife, punched with boxing gloves, forced to drink hot cinnamon Schnapps liqueur, choked with a belt and hit or branded with a bat that had been heated in the fireplace. Bleach was put into his injuries to add to the pain, he said.
The couple’s 5-year-old daughter testified that she had seen her parents and Ramirez hit the boy with the bat “lots of times.”
“Like, with a baseball bat, hard,” the girl said.
The boy testified that the girl “was always nice to me” and would secretly give him a cup of water or climb on top of the kitchen counter to sneak him Halloween candy.
“I had to eventually start, like I guess, stealing food because I was like, really hungry,” he said.
Ramirez told Schumacher and Lau that the boy was the source of all her problems, the boy testified.
“Caren would rub it in and everything, just so she would seem like she is the perfect parent, and I would seem like I’m the person that caused her to lose her house,” he said. “That was the story that she told the Schumachers, that she lost her house because of me, because I was a thief and everything and she had to pay all these bills off.”
Lau’s father, Terry Brown, told the grand jury that he had asked Schumacher why the boy was in the home.
“He says, ‘Well, he has an attitude problem, a behavior problem, so we have to sort of watch him.’ I said, ‘Oh, OK.’ “
The boy had been imprisoned for nearly a year and a half when he escaped his captors Dec. 1, police said.
Make sure you take a good look at the four losers that did it.