GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado say a 14-year-old boy with mental problems was locked in a filthy room, fed once a day and allowed out just three times a day.

The Greeley Tribune reported Thursday the boy’s mother and boyfriend were arrested last month after a neighbor in the town of Erie told police he found the frightened boy hiding under his porch.

Prosecutors say the boy’s mother, 36-year-old Amanda Jolliff, and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Richard Smith, face charges of false imprisonment, child abuse and neglect.

No phone number could be found for either. It wasn’t clear whether they had attorneys.

How long the boy was allegedly in the room is unknown. Police say he told investigators he was pulled from public school for home-schooling in 2008 but received no instruction.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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