Stepdad ‘forced boy to sleep in cupboard and guzzle hot sauce until he threw up’

A man allegedly forced his stepson to sleep in a closet for months and made him guzzle hot sauce until he vomited, police have said.

Kevin Grant, 31, of Naugatuck, Connecticut, US, was arrested on Friday and has been charged with second-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and intentional cruelty after detectives received a report of suspected child abuse about two weeks earlier, a department arrest log shows.

Police claim that their investigation found Grant forced his stepson “to sleep in a locked closet” for several months.

Grant also allegedly punished the boy by forcing him to kneel on tacks and to drink hot sauce until he threw up.

Police allege that Grant’s wife, Kaitlin Elizabeth Baptiste, 29, did nothing to stop the abuse which was ongoing from taking place.

Baptiste has also been arrested and is charged with risk of injury to a child and second-degree reckless endangerment because “she was aware” that Grant was abusing the boy and had not done anything to stop it, police allege.

Grant’s bond was set at $25,000 and he posted bail following his arraignment in Superior Court in Waterbury on Monday. He’s set to return to court on November 10.

Baptiste was also released from custody after posting $10,000 bail and is due back in court on the same day, the Courant reported.

“Through the investigation, it was determined the accused was aware that her husband, the juvenile's step-father, was forcing him to sleep in a locked closet for several months and would subject the child to various physical punishments, including kneeling on tacks and drinking hot sauce until he vomited,” the force said in a statement.

Police did not say who has taken custody of the child.

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