CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A man has been arrested on allegations of keeping his 14-year-old son at home with him - without medical treatment or schooling - for the past four years.
St. Bernard Parish sheriff's investigators say the boy, who weighed only 60 pounds, was discovered Wednesday by a constable serving an eviction notice at a mobile home.
His father, 30-year-old Daniel Ballard, was jailed on $25,000 bond after being booked with cruelty to a juvenile.
Detectives said Ballard could not answer such questions as when the boy had last attended school and could not provide a copy of his birth certificate.
The boy's mother lives in Arizona. Investigators say the teen has been with Ballard in the