A Florida man who was accused of locking his adopted 14-year-old son in a small construction in a storage was convicted on little one abuse and different expenses Thursday, in response to courtroom information.
Tim Ferriter, now 48, and his spouse Tracy have been arrested final yr on allegations that the boy had been locked within the 8-by-8-foot construction at varied occasions, Jupiter police have stated. The boy stated the longest was 16 to 18 hours, in response to courtroom information.
A jury convicted Ferriter on Thursday on expenses of aggravated little one abuse, false imprisonment and neglect of a kid.
In courtroom video proven by NBC affiliate WPTV of West Palm Seashore, Ferriter takes a deep breath because the verdicts are learn however his face exhibits no emotion.
A trial date for Tracy Ferriter has not but been set, in response to the station.
The couple was arrested in February 2022 after detectives visited their Jupiter residence on Jan. 30 after their son had been reported as a runaway, police stated on the time.
They discovered the construction, which Tracy Ferriter claimed was used for workplace house, with a lock and deadbolt operated on the surface and a video digital camera, police stated.
The boy instructed detectives that he could be locked within the room, and a sibling stated that the boy could be saved in there when misbehaving, in response to an affidavit filed within the case.
Protection attorneys argued within the trial that Ferriter was pissed off by his incapability to manage his son’s unhealthy conduct and made poor parenting choices in consequence, however they weren’t felony, WPTV reported.