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Man charged with chaining son to pole

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., May 14 (UPI) — A Miami Beach man was arrested after he chained his son to a pole outside their home, police said.

Adolfo Guzman, 49, allegedly admitted he left his son restrained for hours Sunday while he went shopping, WTVJ-TV reported. He has been charged with aggravated child abuse.

The boy, 12, told the television station it was his fault because he had gone to a friend’s house earlier in the day without telling his father.

“I was feeling bad because it all was my fault. He’s innocent, so it’s all my fault,” the boy said.

Bail was set at $50,000 Monday and a judge ordered Guzman not to have any contact with his son if he is released. Child welfare officials say the boy is staying with relatives.

Sgt. Bobby Hernandez, a Miami Beach police spokesman, said a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses found the boy. He complained that the bicycle chain fixing him to the pole hurt.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Hernandez said. “You shouldn’t even be chaining a dog up to a pole much less your own son.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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