Sheriff: Pair deprived child of food, made him wear adult diaper at school
SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Sumter husband and wife are under arrest, accused of placing a 12-year-old boy at unreasonable risk of harm.
Andrew Floyd, Sr., 34, and Amanda Floyd, 29, were taken into custody on Monday by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. They are charged with unlawful neglect of child or helpless person by a legal custodian
The two, between May 1, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015, allegedly deprived the child of food, issued extreme punishment of activity for hours and restricted him from using the bathroom at their Montgomery Street home.
According to investigators, the two also made the boy wear adult diapers during the day at school.
It was a staff member at that middle school who contacted the sheriff's department worried about possible abuse, according to an incident report.
Tina Floyd, the boy's biological mother, says she is relieved that her son is no longer under the care of her ex-husband.
She and Andrew were married for 13 years. After their divorce, she gave Andrew full custody of their three children. Last year, Tina says she noticed a change in her son's behavior. She says he seemed nervous, quiet and unhappy.
Tina says her son is now in a children's home and seems to be in good spirits.
"He's smiling, giggling, laughing. He's happy," Tina says. "He has a normal 12-year-old's life. It's good to see he's back to his 12-year-old self that he should be, fun, enjoying life."
Meanwhile, Tina says she is hoping to regain custody of her soon.
The Floyds were booked into the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Monday and later released on $5,000 bond each.
Officials say this is still an open investigation.
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