MONROE COUNTY, Ind. -- A 12-year-old boy was restrained in a motel bathtub with shackles and a dog collar before he died, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.
Now the boy’s father and stepmother face charges in connection with his death.
Eduardo Posso was taken to Bloomington Hospital for treatment last week; he later died. Hospital officials said he showed multiple signs of abuse and starvation.
Monroe County detectives arrested his father, 32-year-old Luis Posso, and his stepmother, 25-year-old Dayan Median Flores, in connection with his death.
They face neglect charges and are being held in the Monroe County Correctional Center.
Their three other children, a 9-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy, were placed in the care of Child Protection Services. Officials said they appear to be healthy.
Monroe County detectives said the family was staying in a motel in the area temporarily for their employment. Their job was to distribute advertising for a circus that tours the United States.
When detectives searched their motel room, they found a box containing restraints and a K-9 shock collar.
Detectives examined the couple's phones and found video of Eduardo restrained in a bathtub. The video shows other children and Flores coming and going in the bathroom and paying no attention to the boy.
Posso even took a selfie in the bathroom with his son restrained in the background.
The investigation will likely include multiple jurisdictions over a long period of time, the sheriff's office said.AlertMe