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Police: Boy Escapes Father Who Chained Him to Table for Days

Police: Boy Escapes Father Who Chained Him to Table for Days

John Vang, Thong Vue

Associated Press

August 03, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – (AP) Police say a 13-year-old Sacramento boy escaped after spending at least two days locked in chains by his father and stepmother.

Officer Konrad von Schoech says the boy was chained from Wednesday until Friday night, tethered to a kitchen table most of the time. The teen managed to free himself when his father and stepmother left the house to go gambling, reported CBS affiliate KOVR.

Investigators say the boy’s 41-year-old father, John Vang, and 34-year-old stepmother, Thong Vue, were arrested and booked for investigation of false imprisonment and child cruelty. They were released on bail Saturday. The teenager was placed in the custody of his biological mother.

According to KOVR, Sacramento police said they found the 13-year-old victim asking neighbors for help just before 10:00 p.m. Friday, while still restrained by lengths of chain padlocked around his neck and ankles.

The sight of the chained boy startled neighbor Samantha Xiong, who had her own two young children in her house, the station reported.

“The little boy was walking and he asked us for a chain cutter,” Xiong said. “I told him we didn’t have one, so he just walked away.”

Samantha said she thought the boy may have been an escaped prisoner and didn’t offer any further assistance, something she says she now regrets.

  • 000000000000000aaaaaaaaaa_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Pammy..except it should be a tier at a jail I know

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Andrew_, I think you're right...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    WOW.... They both (mainly the FATHER) should be chained in a zoo....

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sickening. They should be chained to a fence in the back of a prison.

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I read this story yesterday on CNN and it turned my stomach then.

  • Policelink1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Just a quick note, they both look like guys. Wheres the step mother..... :-)

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    What a couple of pieces of trash.
    They should chain you both by the neck to hard labor in prison... To let you have a taste of it.

  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    That is cruel. I sure hope the father and the step-mom go to prison for a long time.. Some people should not be allowed to have children.

    I hope the boy is ok.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    about 4 years ago


    The wicked father and the wicked stepmother strike again. Hope the teen is ok. Lock em up for a long time to come.

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