Thomas D. Wininger, 40, and Desirae Tomcanin, 34, were accused of perpetrating abuse Wininger’s 15-year-old son in Sulphur, La., according to the police.
(Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office)
A man and his girlfriend were arrested in Louisiana on Tuesday, after a 15-year-old boy escaped from a house where police said he was hogtied, beaten and forced to wear shock collars.
Thomas D. Wininger, 40, originally from Sylvester, Ga., and his girlfriend Desirae Tomcanin, 34, who is from Pennsylvania, were charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Officials said Wininger “brutally abused” his son, leaving facial injuries, belt marks and burns around his ankles from the shock collars he was forced to wear. The abuse would sometimes be up to 12 hours per day, the officials said.
The teen escaped, Sulphur home Tuesday night after having his handcuffs removed before a pause, the officials said. He walked through the woods to a neighboring house, where the resident called the police.
The couple and the teenager traveled from state to state as Wininger looked for work, police said. The boy was not enrolled in the school, and had not participated in a for a longer time.
The teenager was placed in state custody, police said.
The couple was held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center. A bond must still be set.