Teen Fighting for Life After Allegedly Being Locked in Basement Deserves Justice

Target: Thomas Jodoin, City Attorney of Helena, Alabama

Goal: Seek the most severe penalty possible for adoptive parents who allegedly locked a boy in the basement for two years.

A 14-year-old boy is currently fighting for his life after police say he was locked in a basement by his adoptive parents for the majority of two years. At only 55 pounds, the severely malnourished teen weighs half of what someone his age should weigh. He was denied food, water, and medical care and locked inside the basement as a sick form of punishment, police say.

This teenager would still be wasting away in that basement if it weren’t for doctors’ suspicions. He was receiving treatment at a hospital and the staff reported his condition to authorities, according to reports. Even when he recovers physically, the trauma inflicted upon this innocent child will likely continue to haunt him.

The adoptive parents, Richard and Cynthia Kelly, were charged with aggravated child abuse. Please add your signature to the petition below to make sure this young man gets the justice he deserves and his alleged abusers get the most severe penalty possible.


Dear Mr. Jodoin,

A malnourished 14-year-old boy is fighting for his after his adoptive parents allegedly locked him in a basement and starved him for the past two years. This innocent child weighs 55 pounds, only half of what he should weigh.

These alleged monsters not only failed a child who they were supposed to protect and care for, but they created a lifetime of horror and trauma for him. We, the undersigned, are calling on you to help bring this young man justice and protect other children from becoming victims to these alleged monsters. Please seek the most severe penalty possible for this couple, if guilty.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. God bless this poor child!…..and make the scumbags suffer!

    Children and animals are all I care about… all the other scumbags can go to hell?

  2. these turds need to stop breathing for what they did to this great kid now.

  3. skinning alive or burning alive is too good for these lowlife monsters! I’m sorry but I can’t stomach this kind of stuff! I think anyone who tortures, abuses, or kills a human or animal being is worthless garbage and loses their right to walk this earth! Just die a long, painful death!

  4. Amanda Burns says:

    Anyone who condones or engages in harming an innocent life, whether a child or animal should not be allowed to walk this Earth, EVER!! Learn from the past, PREVENT another Jack the Ripper from roaming the streets!!

    There are too many innocent lives lost or harmed due to lack of humanity!! Stop the vicious cycle of abuse!! I hope God sentences them and all others like them to eternal torture!!

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