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Man locks stepson in room for 1 year and beats his girlfriend because she tried to help her son

By Mason White 11:59 AM April 14, 2015
Juan Manuel Gutierrez 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested over the horrific abuse of his stepson.

Investigators said that the 7-year-old boy of California, was forced to spend most of his time over the course of a year, in his room.

The Kings County Sheriff’s Office said that a family member notified them of a possible case of child abuse, saying that a 7 year old had been locked in his room.

The investigation revealed that 26-year-old Juan Manuel Gutierrez, who was living with the boy’s mother and his two sisters, ordered the boy to stay in his room as punishment.

The 7-year-old boy was only allowed to leave his room to attend school and to eat. He was often locked in his room with only a bucket to use as a restroom.

Investigators said that the mother was beaten and abused by the Gutierrez in recent years, especially when she stood up for her son.

Gutierrez admitted to authorities that he kept the child in the room as discipline for fighting with his sister.

The two girls who live at home, did not seem to have been victims of abuse.

Gutierrez was booked into the Kings County Jail. His bail was set at $600,000.

When deputies walked into the room, and told the young boy that he could leave and that Gutierrez would no longer hurt him, the boy hugged them.