Couple charged with abuse of disabled man

Christina M. Boyles, 40, and her husband, Herbert, 39, of 501 32nd St., Lot 3A, were charged Tuesday with felony abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.

PARKERSBURG — A mother and stepfather were arrested Tuesday, accused of beating the woman’s 21-year-old disabled son and leaving him in a cage.

According to Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin, Christina M. Boyles, 40, and her husband, Herbert, 39, of 501 32nd St., Lot 3A, were charged Tuesday with felony abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult. Both are being held at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, Herbert Boyles on a $60,000 bond and Christina Boyles on $20,000.

The investigation began June 3, when officers responded to the Boyles’ residence to investigate a neglect complaint, a release from Martin says. They located the victim, who cannot speak due to a genetic disability, and found him to be malnourished with several wounds from restraints used by the defendants, it says.

Staff at an emergency department where the victim was taken discovered several cysts on his pelvic region, possibly due to lying on a hard surface for an extended period of time, as well as open sores, the release says.

When interviewed by detectives, family members said the mother and stepfather hit and kicked the victim on different occasions, the release says. An adult brother, interviewed at the Children’s Listening Place, said the mother on several occasions had tied the victim up inside a metal cage and had also starved and sprayed cleaning chemicals on him.

Both siblings were removed from the home, Martin said.

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