SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a mother has been arrested on suspicion of chaining her 10-year-old son's legs together in an attempt to prevent him from getting out of the house and into trouble.
Santa Ana police said Friday that officers found the boy on the ground in an apartment complex courtyard with an aluminum chain wrapped around his ankles and locked with a padlock on Thursday.
Police say a witness first spotted the boy and he told her his mother had chained him.
Police arrested Irma Navarro for investigation of cruelty to a child. Her three children were placed in protective custody.
Police say Navarro chained the boy because when she went to work he would leave and stay out after dark.
It was not immediately known if she had an attorney.
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