Missouri parents accused of leaving son with cerebral palsy to live alone for weeks, police say


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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (WDAF/CNN Newsource) – A husband and wife are facing child neglect charges after court records show they forced their 12-year-old son to live in solitude for five weeks, locking him in a house and failing to attend to his disabilities.

According to police, Brendan and Janine Luke left their 12-year-old son who has Cerebral Palsy home alone and would watch him using a home security system with cameras, but provided no close supervision.

According to WDAF, the Lukes told police they kept their son at a house they’ve since vacated because he was violent and prone to outbursts.

Police reports show the family made efforts to deceive their neighbors, to make it appear someone was there with the boy.

The child is now in protective custody. No court date has been set.

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