Parents charged with aggravated child abuse kept adopted son in basement


HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — An Alabama couple are in jail, held on a million dollars bond on aggravated child abuse charges after their 14-year-old adopted son was admitted to a local hospital this weekend in critical condition.

According to Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar, the boy is in critical condition at the hospital after being kept in isolation in a basement of his Helena home for an extended amount of time.

Richard and Cynthia Kelly are both charged with aggravated child abuse of a family member and held in the Shelby County Jail on $1 million bond. Folmar says they are his adoptive parents. Aggravated child abuse is defined by serious physical harm done to a child, or abuse that has happened more than once., who first broke the story, reports the boy weighs just 55 pounds, but Folmar said he was unable to confirm that to us, as he said it is part of confidential medical information.

The two were arrested Monday around 6 p.m. by Helena PD after they were notified by Shelby County DHR Sunday morning about the condition of the boy when he was admitted to the hospital.

"The victim continues to get medical care and we at the Helena Police Department wish him a speedy recovery and our prayers are with him," the department said on Facebook. They continued, thanking District Attorney Jill Lee, and Assistant District Attorney Roger Hepburn for their assistance as well as Shelby County DHR for their hard work.

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