3rd Suspect Arraigned in Abuse of Shackled Teen

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Three people accused of kidnapping and torturing a 16-year-old boy in a Tracy home appeared in court, while more details surfaced about the alleged abuse he suffered for more than a year.

In court documents, investigators say the teenager was kept chained in a fireplace, choked with a belt and forced to drink and take drugs during his year in captivity.

The details came from Detective Nate Cogburn's interview with the boy after he escaped the home last week with a chain around his leg and sought help at a local gym.

A Tracy couple, Michael Schumacher and Kelly Layne Lau, and the teen's one-time guardian, Caren Ramirez, face multiple child abuse charges.

Ramirez was arraigned Monday, keeping her head down for most of
the hearing.

All three, who have not yet entered pleas, are due back in court Jan. 5.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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