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Tennessee couple charged with harnessing boy with special needs to floor

Authorities say the boy is 5 years old

Monica Hall and Dennis Couch Credit: WRCB
Monica Hall and Dennis Couch Credit: WRCB

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. – Deputies arrested a Tennessee couple for child abuse after they say they found the woman's 5-year-old son, who is developmentally challenged, harnessed and bolted to the floor in their home, according to WRCB.

Arrest records obtained by the NBC affiliate showed Monica Hall and Dennis Eugene Couch were charged with child abuse, manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful drug paraphernalia. 

When Rhea County deputies arrived at the Evensville, Tennessee home, said the child was yelling, "Out, out," but they said Hall invited them into the home. They said they found the boy in a room, which was padlocked from the outside, in the mobile home. 

The boy told deputies he was "hungry, hungry" and ran to the refrigerator in the home.

The report obtained by WRCB said that Hall "put her head down and said she knew why I was there," the Rhea County deputy explained.

As deputies entered the home, they also found what they said was drugs and related paraphernalia.