Iowa couple accused of abusing teen found zip-tied to chair

Richard Ryan (left), Jennifer Ryan, (right) Photo: Courtesy Polk County Jail, Polk County Sheriff's Office. Richard Ryan (left), Jennifer Ryan, (right)

Created: April 19, 2021 12:32 PM

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa - Authorities have charged a Des Moines couple after their 16-year-old special needs son was found severely malnourished and zip-tied to a chair at the workplace of his mother.

Television station KCCI reports that the incident happened Feb. 22, when police responded to a call to a Pleasant Hill automotive store and found the boy zip-tied to a chair by his left ankle and through a belt loop on his pants. Police say he weighed only 78 pounds at the time.

Authorities say an investigation found the boy was often denied food and locked in his room with no access to a bathroom. Police say he was punished if he then urinated in his bed.

KCCI identified the parents as Richard Ryan and Jennifer Ryan.

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