Authorities in Louisiana have arrested a couple on suspicion of torturing their teenage son at their home.
According to the New York Post, 40-year-old Thomas D. Wininger and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Desirae Tomcanin were taken into custody on Tuesday evening after the alleged victim managed to escape the residence in Sulphur.
Authorities say the 15-year-old boy was able to leave when the suspects allowed him to use the bathroom. Much of the rest of the time he was in their custody, however, he was allegedly handcuffed or hog tied.
A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the abusive acts would span as much as 12 hours of every day.
After the teen was able to leave the home, reports indicate he ran to a nearby residence where he was able to contact police.
Upon their arrival, law enforcement reported finding facial injuries on the boy and went on to note further signs of pervasive abuse.
The alleged treatment Wininger and Tomcanin used to punish the teen included shock collars placed on his ankles, reportedly leading to burns on his skin.
Authorities also say they found marks left by a beating with a belt, which they claim was administered by Wininger.
Reports indicate the couple moved frequently in search of employment. Wininger is a native of Georgia while Tomcanin is originally from Pennsylvania.
According to KPLC, teen, who had reportedly not attended school for some time, is now in the custody of state authorities.
Wininger and Tomcanin are both expected to face charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment.
[Featured image: Thomas Wininger and Desirae Tomcanin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office]