Couple accused of abandoning the five-year-old son in the forest as punishment for wetting
- A man and a woman in southern Minnesota are accused of leaving a five-year-old in the woods as punishment for wetting
- Lynda Michel, 42, and Gregory Wilson, 32, were charged with child negligence
- The boy was found on August 28 walking on a road to the south
- He was crying and wet from the rain when a motorist saw him
- He told the police that his & # 39; dad and mom & # 39; I had left him because he had been naughty & # 39;
A man and a woman from Minnesota are accused of abandoning a five-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for getting wet.
Lynda Michel, 42, and Gregory Wilson, 32, of the southern part of the state were indicted on Friday in the Nicollet County District Court for child negligence.
Authorities say the child is Wilson's biological child and that Michel lives with him and the child.
The boy was found on August 28 walking along a road south of San Pedro, a community about 55 kilometers southwest of Minneapolis.
A man and a woman in southern Minnesota are accused of leaving a five-year-old in the woods as punishment for wetting
The boy was crying and wet from the rain when a motorist saw him.
He told the police that he had been left by his "mom and dad" because he had been "naughty".
A man who was in the vehicle with the couple and the boy told the police that he tried to convince the couple not to leave the child.
The couple told the authorities that they turned around after a short distance but could not find it according to the WTAE.
The police discovered that they had not called to report his disappearance.
The officers found "multiple black, blue and red bruises" on the child's back, buttocks and hips suggesting that the child had been beaten for a period of time.
Wilson told investigators that he regularly whipped the child with an open hand.
He now faces charges of felonies, malicious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor domestic assault.
The child was placed in protective custody and is currently in foster care.