Six-year-old boy found locked in his grandmother's garden shed with his hands tied behind his back says he was there for TWO WEEKS as punishment for stealing food

A 53-year-old grandmother and her boyfriend have been detained by Dallas authorities after police found a six-year-old boy trapped inside a shed on the woman's property. 
Esmeralda Lira and her boyfriend, Jose Balderas, have both been charged with felony counts of child endangerment. 
Police were called to the home on Coston Drive at around 11.30pm on Sunday after receiving calls that the boy was locked in the shed, KTVT reports. 
Esmeralda Lira and her boyfriend, Jose Balderas, have both been charged with felony counts of child endangerment
Esmeralda Lira and her boyfriend, Jose Balderas, have both been charged with felony counts of child endangerment
Dallas police were called to the home on Coston Drive at around 11.30pm on Sunday after receiving calls that the boy was locked in the shed
Dallas police were called to the home on Coston Drive at around 11.30pm on Sunday after receiving calls that the boy was locked in the shed
When asked about the boy's whereabouts, Lira explained to authorities that he was with his mom. 
But authorities soon encountered Balderas, who directed them toward the shed. 

Police instructed Lira to open the door, declaring they would break it down if she refused. Lira opened the door and the boy was found inside with his hands tied behind his back.
Lira told police that the boy was there for a one-time punishment but Balderas told them that the boy had been confined in the shed for two weeks for stealing food. 
Police would soon find the boy locked in the shed with his hands tied behind his back
Police would soon find the boy locked in the shed with his hands tied behind his back
Speaking with the minor, police say the boy told officers that the alleged abuse started since he 'got out of school for this corona thing.' 
The case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, WCTV reports. They have taken the boy, his seven-year-old sister and his four-year-old brother from the home. All have been placed in foster care.
Students learning from home during the pandemic could be at a greater risk of abuse as they aren't protected by teachers who file abuse reports on parents. 
'Our concern has always been children being with their abusers all the time and having no safe adult to confide in or a safe adult that can report that abuse,' Sarah Burns of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center explained to the Dallas Morning News
In the last six weeks, reports of child abuse from teachers has fallen some 50 per cent compared to the six weeks before the pandemic. 
Six-year-old boy found locked in his grandmother's garden shed with his hands tied behind his back says he was there for TWO WEEKS as punishment for stealing food Six-year-old boy found locked in his grandmother's garden shed with his hands tied behind his back says he was there for TWO WEEKS as punishment for stealing food Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:38 Rating: 5

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