Oklahoma City boy’s abuse claims prompt two arrests

BY KEN RAYMOND, JOHNNY JOHNSON AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: September 29, 2009
The 14-year-old boy was filthy and smelled bad.

His shorts, held in place by a tightly cinched belt, sagged on his scrawny frame, and his black hair was unwashed. Scars laced across his neck and arms. He wore no shoes or socks and said he hadn’t eaten in about a week.

And one more thing, he told police on Friday: His mother had kept him locked in a closet for the past 4½ years. He’d only just escaped.

His mother, LaRhonda M. McCall, 37, and Steve V. Hamilton, 38, were arrested Saturday on numerous complaints of child abuse and child neglect. They remained in the Oklahoma County jail Monday in lieu of $400,000 bail.

According to an Oklahoma City police report:


• Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, the boy approached a security guard at the National Guard Armory near NE 23 and Interstate 35. The guard called police at the boy’s request.

An officer brought the boy to the Springlake police division. The boy, who did not know his address, said his mother abused him. He displayed a variety of scars.

"He told me most of the scar [sic] were from being hit with an extension cord,” the officer wrote. "He showed me scars on his wrists from where he had been tied up. VI (victim) showed me numerous scars on the right side of his neck from where he had been choked. I could see fresh fingernail marks on the right side of his neck. VI showed me scars on his stomach and torso where he told me (he) had alcohol poured on him and set on fire.”

The boy said he had been living with a relative in New Jersey but came to live with his mother in Oklahoma when she was released from jail about 4½ years ago. "VI said this is when the abuse started and that he spends most of the time locked in a bedroom closet and has never been to school since he moved to Oklahoma,” the officer wrote. (The Oklahoman was unable to find a record of McCall’s incarceration in New Jersey, New York or Oklahoma. Monday afternoon, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said detectives were seeking the same information.)

The closet door is usually blocked with a bed or stepladder, the boy said, but he managed to push the door open enough on Friday to break free.

Police located McCall the next morning at her apartment at the Grand Boulevard Townhomes in the 2300 block of NE Grand Boulevard, Knight said.

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