Couple charged with locking boy in room

By Amy Cherry 5:45pm, November 29, 2012 - Updated 11:49am, November 30, 2012
New Castle County couple is facing child abuse charges after allegedly locking their 12-year-old son in his room for three months.

Police say Robert Hohn, III and Shannon Watterson were charged Wednesday after the malnourished and barefoot boy escaped to a neighbor's home Tuesday evening.

Hohn and Watterson are charged with felony child abuse and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The boy was taken to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for evaluation.

Police said the boy had been locked in his room since September and allowed to leave only when he had to use the bathroom.

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