TUCSON - State welfare workers have taken an 11-year-old boy away from his mother after he called 911 and reported that he was locked in his room with only a bucket for a toilet.
Detectives are now investigating a claim that the boy was kept in his room for more than 10 hours a day throughout the summer.
Pima County Sheriff's Deputies found the boy Saturday in a room with no air conditioning and reeking of urine and feces, court documents show.
Child Protective Services workers will try to locate the child's biological father and other family members to care for him, said Liz Barker Alvarez, a CPS spokeswoman.
Additionally, another boy living in the home has also been placed in state custody, Barker-Alvarez said.
The boy's mother, Norma Barrientos, 29, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Geisel, 31, were both arrested and each were charged with child abuse involving substantial risk to a minor under 12.
Barrientos has had past run-ins with the law including two outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges of driving on a suspended license, according to the Pima County Jail records staff.
Barrientos told investigators she locked the boy up at dawn each day because he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and could have gotten into flammable substances in the home.
Barrientos added she would return during midmorning to check on her son.
In court documents, Pima County Sheriff's Detective Miguel Flores, who investigates crimes against children, said the door to the bedroom where the boy was held had two locks that could only be opened from the outside.
The bedroom had a locked window with an extra locking device so the window could not be opened.
"The room had no air circulation and held the foul stench of urine and feces," detectives said.
Barrientos and Geisel were released from jail without bail under the supervision of pretrial services.