e admitted choking him once.
Hamilton, a taxi driver, admitted both to hitting the boy and to witnessing McCall hit the boy, court records show.
The boy is identified in court papers as B.M.
"Steve stated between June 2007 and August ... 2009 he has probably left marks on the victim’s back, arms or legs about 20 times ... Steve witnessed LaRhonda also beat the victim in this way as well,” the police officer reported in court papers.
"Steve stated he also knew that LaRhonda would punish B.M. by putting him in a closet on several different occasions. Steve advised he saw B.M. locked in the closet on at least 27 different occasions. Steve advised LaRhonda would at least keep him in a locked closet sometimes all day or more. Steve also was aware that LaRhonda would tie the victim’s hands up to punish him with a belt. ...
"Steve never wanted to contact the police because he was afraid his best friend LaRhonda would get into trouble.”
The 14-year-old and McCall’s other minor children were placed in Department of Human Services custody, police said.