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Two women and one man in Tracy, California face criminal charges for allegedly kidnapping and keeping a 17-year old young man chained within their home.
The young man, only identified as “Kyle,” had been in the custody of his aunt, Caren Ramirez, for over the past year. Ramirez—along with Michael Schumacher and Kelly Lau—are the three adults that face criminal charges in this case.
The three defendants face criminal charges including:
- False imprisonment
If convicted, each of these defendants faces over 15 years in jail.
History of Kyle’s Imprisonment
According to authorities, Kyle’s recent imprisonment was only the latest incident in a string of abusive situations Kyle has escaped. After taking him away from his abusive father a few years ago, Sacramento County Child Protective Services (SCCPS) had placed Kyle in a foster home, which he ran away from due to abuse.
Defendants Have History of Child Abuse
In an effort to keep him with family, SCCPS then placed Kyle with Ramirez. However, in 2007, Ramirez was arrested for child abuse after she was caught beating Kyle with:
- Kitchen utensils
In the incident report, authorities found serious bruises all over Kyle’s body. While Ramirez received probation for this abuse, she was eventually arrested when she failed to appear in court.
At this point, SCCPS placed Kyle with another family in the Sacramento area—from which he also ran away. Since this 2007 disappearance, no one—except Ramirez, Schumacher and Lau—knew where Kyle was.
The details of Kyle’s recent imprisonment have only come forth after Kyle jumped over an 8-foot fence to escape the Ramirez house. Earlier this week, Kyle—wearing only boxers and a 3-foot padlocked chain around his foot—ran into a nearby gym and begged employees to hide him from his captors.
Employees took him in, called authorities and fed Kyle while they awaited police. Despite being 17 years old, Kyle was so emaciated that he appeared to be about 5 years younger, according to the gym’s employees.
Local authorities are still investigating the details of Kyle’s past year at the Ramirez house. They haven’t specified the precise nature of his recent abuse.
A trial date has yet to be set for this case.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
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