Florida Woman And Man Arrested For Handcuffing Child In A Closet 16 Hours A Day Since Christmas

A Florida woman and man were arrested in Tampa after investigators learned they had been handcuffing a child in a closet 16 hours a day for the last few weeks.

Hillsborough County deputies responded to a Tampa home while looking for a missing child. They located the boy, who had been hiding in the home, and cleared the call.

A short time later, deputies returned to the home to conduct an investigation into potential child abuse. The boy told deputies he had been handcuffed and forced to stand in a closet as punishment. He said this has been happening every day for about 16 hours a day for the past few weeks.

While talking to detectives, John Hernandez, 41, reportedly admitted to handcuffing the boy and putting him in the closet from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as punishment.

Natasha Dabbs, 37, told detectives she knew the punishment was taking place and did not try to prevent it. Dabbs said this has been happening since Christmas.

Hernandez and Dabbs were arrested and booked in the Orient Road Jail.

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