Police: Boy Kept In Basement

(KSHB) Two Independence, Missouri women were charged Tuesday with child abuse after prosecutors say a 10-year-old was beaten, neglected and locked in a basement.

Chianna Hendrix, 25, and LaTrecia Hendrix, 36, were arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child.

Chianna Hendrix is the child’s biological mother, according to Independence police.

Officers responded Monday night to a call of a runaway child in Independence. The child was found, but was emaciated and underdeveloped. The child’s ribs were visible because of the lack of body fat and muscle, police said. The child was later transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Investigators said they found a bottle of urine on the floor of the home where the child lived. They also found feces in the child’s bed. A younger child in the home told police the victim was often beaten for stealing food and was locked in the basement.

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