Man and Woman Confine 11-Year-Old For Months in Plastic-Wrapped Room


Authorities have arrested and filed multiple charges against a man and a woman in Iowa for confining an 11-year-old inside a plastic-wrapped room.

According to the Marion County sheriff’s department, Rocky Lee Wooldridge and Jennifer Lee Wooldridge of Knoxville were charged with first-degree kidnapping.

Rocky, 49, and Jennifer, 43, were identified as the child’s paternal grandparents. Rocky was first charged on March 8 after the Iowa Department of Human Services observed evidence of child abuse when the 11-year-old was treated at a hospital for thermal burns.

ConfineThe boy told police that he “hadn’t been outside since summer,” and evidence of abuse on his body included “thermal injury to both feet and deep bruising on the arm,” according to the news outlet. He also had difficulty walking and his body was shaking.

Upon reaching the scene, law enforcement found pull-ups and wet underwear inside the child’s room, and it was covered with plastic sheets everywhere. There was one blanket and one pillow inside.

One of the neighbors, Steve Dejoode  that a girl from the house often spent time with his daughter.

“The dogs are there, but we’ve noticed here and there they’ll pull in and leave,” Dejoode said. “Ever since that went down, I don’t think they’ve been staying there.”

They were granted full custody of the two children after winning a legal battle with their maternal grandparents.

During the investigation, authorities found multiple firearms in reach of children inside. Rocky is also facing charges for possessing multiple unsecured guns included loaded weapons, according to Daily Mail. He’s already a convicted felon.

“My wife was the first one that told me, and I’m kind of surprised,” Dejoode said. “They didn’t seem like that type of people, but they kind of kept to themselves.”

Rocky and Jennifer’s arraignment in the child abuse case is scheduled for June 6, and the trial for the firearms charge is scheduled for June 24.