Authorities in Minnesota said a couple dropped off their 5-year-old boy in the woods as a form of punishment for wetting his pants, The Star Tribune reported.
The boy was found crying and wet from the rain on the side of a highway in Nicollet County, according to the report. He later told law enforcement that he was “naughty” and didn’t know where his parents were, according to the report.
Gregory A Wilson, 32, and Lynda R. Michel, 42, were charged Friday. The boy is Wilson’s biological son, according to the report. Wilson was hit with neglect of a child and malicious punishment of a child, which are considered gross violations. Michel was hit with a gross misdemeanor neglect.
The couple was looking for the boy, but allegedly did not report him missing.
The paper, with an indication of the costs, reported that the couple said the boy urinated on himself and they drove to a secluded location and told him to exit the vehicle. They reportedly said they drove away a short distance and when they returned, he was gone. They reportedly said they were searching for about 15 minutes.
A couple lived on the hill, reportedly heard screaming in a search, saying: “you’re not in trouble.”
According to researchers, officials “several black and blue and red bruises” on the boy on the back, buttocks and hips, indicating they originated in the time, and Wilson told the researchers that he regularly spanked the boy with an open hand. Wilson is also facing the charges of gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child and misdemeanor domestic violence.
The child was taken into protective custody and is currently in foster care, according to the court documents, which is not on the list of a lawyer for Michel or Wilson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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