Tuesday, September 29, 2009

60 pound teen kept hidden in home

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

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