An evil mum and grandmother are behind bars after a boy with special needs was found chained naked inside a dog kennel.
Danielle Martin, 32, and Vickie Higginbotham, 58, have been jailed for 20 years after admitting aggravated child abuse.
Police reportedly discovered the youngster "naked and his ankles were chained to the stairs of a split-level house" in 2018.
Deputies had received an anonymous tip-off about a child being bound by chains and padlocks inside a home in Autauga County in Alabama, US.
Martin told police her then 11-year-old son was chained up "because we don't believe in butt whoopings", WSFA reported.
She, Higginbotham and another adult initially denied involvement but the boy's two siblings revealed they were "very mean" to him when he got in trouble.
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They told cops that he was forced to sleep in a small dog kennel with his feet chained because they didn’t fit properly.
His arms were also chained behind his back, and he normally slept in chains on a mattress on the floor.
Investigator Steven Geon also told a court the 13-year-old boy was “extremely excited we were there, and that the chains were off”.
Prosecutors said Higginbotham admitted to chaining up her grandson and was the “ringleader” of abuse, it was reported.
She apparently told police she didn’t know how else to punish him but prosecutors said the victim was severely malnourished, while the other two kids were also malnourished but not as badly.
Prosecutor Josh Cochrane told the sentencing hearing: “This 13-year-old child was treated like a dog by his mother, we feel a 20-year maximum sentence is appropriate."
The boy’s stepfather Joshua Martin, 26, pleaded guilty to child abuse and was jailed for 30 days with 20 months of supervised probation.
Uncles of the boy, Douglas Phillips, 38, and Matthew Phillips, 29, were each handed down six months of unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.
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