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2 Arrested for Neglecting Genetically Disabled Son, Locking Him in Cage

PARKERSBURG, WV (WOWK) - The Parkersburg Police Department ended an investigation of abuse and neglect with two felony arrests.

Herbert Boyles, 39, and Christina Boyles, 40, both of Parkersburg, WV, have been charged with Abuse or Neglect of an incapacitated adult.

Parkersburg Police say that on June 3rd, 2018, they responded to the 500 block of 32nd Street start an investigation from a neglect complaint involving an adult male who was incapacitated.

Police say they located a 21-year-old man who was malnourished and had several wounds from being tied up by the Boyless.

According to police, the victim, who is unable to communicate due to a genetic disability, had been the victim of severe neglect from his mother and stepfather.

A criminal complaint alleges that ER staff had discovered the victim had several cysts on his pelvic region, possibly due to lying on a hard surface for an extended period of time. The evaluation also discovered that the victim had numerous open sores on his genitalia after removing his diaper.

Detectives conducted interviews with family members who told them that Christina Boyles, the mother, and Herbert Boyles, the stepfather, had been seen hitting and kicking the victim on different occasions.

According to the criminal complaint, A brother to the victim, who was also interviewed by the Children’s Listening Place, said the mother would tie the victim up inside a metal cage and leave him inside and had done this on several occasions. The criminal complaint also states that the mother would starve the victim and spray cleaning chemicals in the face and the genital area of the victim.

The Parkersburg Police contacted DHHR and requested assistance from Adult Protective Services after the two adult men were treated for their injuries.

The defendants were arrested Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 without incident and taken to Wood County Magistrate Court. Herbert M. Boyles 39, was arraigned in front of Magistrate Kuhl who set his bond at $60,000.00. Christina M. Boyles was arraigned in front of Magistrate Marshall who set her bond at $20,000.00.

According to Parkersburg Police, neither of the defendants were able to post a bond are residing at the North Central Regional Jail.

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