EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - The parents of a 6-year-old boy who was found wandering alone in only a t-shirt in East Cleveland last month have been indicted, according to court documents.
Demershion Taylor and Earcielee Chisholm are facing a slew of charges, including endangering children, kidnapping and domestic violence. Additionally, Taylor was charged with permitting child abuse.
Court records show Taylor restrained the boy with duct tape and locked him in the basement of their home.
It's not clear how the child left the house but he was later found wandering in the area of Hayden and Elsinore Avenues on Oct. 8.
Police said there were linear burn marks on the boy's wrists, indicative of having previously been tied up.
Taylor and Chisholm were arrested later that evening. The child's grandmother contacted police and identified the boy after seeing the boy's photo on the news, police said.
According to authorities, the parents were unaware the child was missing until officers arrived. Police said both parents were intoxicated when they arrived.
Police notified Child Protective Services of the incident and eight other children were removed from the home.
Court records show Taylor has an extensive criminal past. He was previously charged with aggravated assault, trafficking in drugs and resisting arrest.
Both Taylor and Chisholm are currently being held in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond each. They are both scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 6.