Neglected Houston-area boy to live with great-aunt

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HOUSTON (AP) — A malnourished 5-year-old Houston-area boy allegedly locked in a closet by his father and stepmother will stay with a great-aunt when he gets out of a hospital.

A judge in Houston on Tuesday awarded temporary custody to the maternal relative of the Spring boy discovered beaten and underfed on March 27.

Law officers answered a domestic disturbance call involving the boy’s father and his 16-year-old stepson. The teen reported the younger boy was neglected and forced to stay in a closet. Investigators say the rescued boy weighed just 29 pounds.

The boy’s father and stepmother have been charged with felony child endangerment.

The boy’s mother sought custody and will have access to her son when he’s discharged from a hospital — but temporary custody goes to the great-aunt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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