Police: Florida couple forced teen son to live in box in garage for years
A South Florida couple is facing charges for forcing their adopted child to live in a box in their garage for years, according to police.
The Jupiter Police Department says detectives responded to the home of Tracy and Timothy Ferriter on Jan. 30 to follow up on a missing runaway investigation of a 13-year-old boy.
While at the home, police say Tracy allowed one detective to come inside. That’s when the detective noticed an “8×8 structure” inside the garage.
The box had a doorknob and deadbolt, which both locked from the outside, and an exterior light switch, according to police. Inside the structure’s walls, detectives say they saw a camera, mattress and bucket.
According to a press release, Tracy claimed the space was used as an office or storage space. But police say that wasn’t the case.
One day after talking to the teen’s mother, detectives went to their school to conduct an interview. It’s there, in addition to other interviews, that the police department says it determined the boy had been physically abused and forced to live in the box in the garage by his adoptive parents.
Detectives say outside of attending school, the boy was confined to the structure daily since at least 2017.
“Meals were brought to the child and the bucket was provided for bathroom use,” the police department wrote.