BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (WDAF) -- A husband and wife in Missouri are charged with child neglect. Court records allege Brendan Luke and Janine Luke 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.
Probable cause records from the Blue Springs Police Department indicate the preteen lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Blue Springs police reports say the child’s family would watch him using a home security system with cameras, but they provided no close supervision for more than a month.
His parents, both 30 years old, were arrested June 11. The boy has been taken into protective care. The Lukes told police they kept their son at a house they’ve since vacated because he was violent and prone to outbursts. According to WDAF, police reports show the family made efforts to deceive their neighbors, to make it appear someone was there with the boy.