The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman locked boy, 4, in roach-cabinet for hours September 8, 2012

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Mother,Bizzarre,Child Abuse,Really Dumb,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:50 pm

Detectives arrested Lori Hamilton, 42, on Thursday and charged her with abusing a 4-year-old boy, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives determined Hamilton frequently locked the 4-year-old in a kitchen cabinet, which had pots and pans on the shelf above the child, then secured the doors with screws to stop him from getting out…and leaving him there for hours. The child was bitten by roaches and spiders, according to the arrest affidavit.


The boy reportedly often cried to be let out and had on occasion been forced to urinate or defecate on himself while locked in the cabinet.

The home where the abuse occurred, which is not Hamilton’s residence,  has been described by witnesses as being “dirty” and having a roach infestation, the report stated.

The report stated the child was placed in the cabinet so Hamilton could sleep at night.
Hamilton, however, told investigators that she put the child inside the cabinet “on only four occasions and only for 20-minutes at a time,” the affidavit stated.


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