Jehovah's Witnesses free boy tied to pole

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Pole where 12-year-old was chained up as punishment for leaving house without telling father. Screen shot via NBC Miami.

Pole where 12-year-old was chained up as punishment for leaving house without telling father. Screen shot via NBC Miami.

A 12-year-old Miami, Fla., boy was freed after a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses found him tied to a pole on his father’s property for hours, while his father went shopping.

Adolfo Guzman, 40, was arrested on Sunday and charged with aggravated child abuse after allegedly tying the boy up as a punishment.

Guzman claims he tied the boy up because the boy left the house without telling his him earlier that day. Guzman told police that he warned his son that he would tie him up if he continued to take off without permission.

The boy says his father is innocent though. The boy claims that he was rightfully punished because he went to a friends house for hours and didn’t tell his dad.


The boy said, “[I]t was my fault. He’s [Adolfo Guzman] innocent, so it’s all my fault.”

According to NBC Miami, a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses saw the boy on Sunday, in a common area of an apartment building, tied to a concrete pole with cable wire used to lock up bicycles. The Jehovah Witnesses flagged down a police officer who spoke to the boy and called the fire department to cut the cable. The boy told police the cable was hurting his ankle.

The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the case. The family reportedly has no prior record with DCFS.

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  • Poppy Potts

    people need to keep their noses out of parents business when they discipline their children. just butt out. you don’t always have to raise kids by the state welfare recipients book for things to work out for the best. I can guarantee this kid has a dad that is paying attention to what he does and demands respect from him and even the kid knows he is right. you play, you pay. Just mind your own business and lets get back to reality

    • Children of abusers grow up to be abusers because they think it’s normal. I’m sure this father was also abused as a child or else he never would have come up with this type of punishment. Stop the cycle of abuse. You are wrong Poppy. Wrong Wrong Wrong. When someone spots abuse they need to contact authorities.

    • hendl

      Yeah – those wonderful parents who discipline their kids by beating them to death, starving them, & raping them, no one should be able to save those kids. After all, those parents were ‘paying attention’ and simply ‘demanding respect’ from their kids.

      As for ‘even the kid knowing’ his dad was right, Ms. Poppy, this is simply a documented symptom of Child Abuse. The kid is told repeatedly that he has caused his own punishment, & he comes to believe it. He is brainwashed – sorry that you can’t see that. Also, the kid is frightened he will be abandoned if child services takes his dad away. A kid is scared that he will have No Where to go – and if he does go anywhere else – like foster care – he is scared things will be even Worse for Him. It is a human trait to think that the bad home you Know is still better than the potentially ‘bad home’ you don’t Know.

      You need to Advance your thinking – like out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st century. Kids, animals, the disabled, and more – these are people and creatures that cannot always fend for themselves. It is our duty, as a decent society, to be there for them.

  • Alex

    Really and decent person is going to report something like that to the police.
    It doesn’t take being a Jehovah’s Witness to do that. And besides…they are the one’s who preach all non members are going to be destroyed by God….soon!

  • John

    Alex thats Not true. Jehovah witnesses do not believe they are the only ones who will be saved.

    • hendl

      Yeah, but what is this?
      “During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ
      Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven
      will rule over the earth.”

      WHO are these 144,000? Must they be Christians?

      I mean, could I be one of them? If so, is it like winning the Super Lotto??
      AND at the end of the 1000 years, what of the people who refuse to become Christians?? Be honest now. If I’m gonna burn in hell, I want fair warning. Ring that smoke alarm!

      • John

        The 144, 000 Awill be assisting jesus in judging /ruling millions on earth now and millions to be resurrected in the future. Which is pretty fair considering they themselves lived thier lives as imperfect humans on this earth and know what we all are going through. I Personally know that I an NOT one of the 144, 000. I hope to be amognst the millions here on earth welcoming back our dead loved ones as the bible says. Anyone who desires to live by gods standards can be a part of that.

        The resurrections Jesus performed demonstrated how millions of humans will eventually “possess the earth” and “will reside forever upon it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

        Also the biblical view of hell is sheol or just the grave there is no eternal torment or anything like that

  • Danny Haszard

    The big difference between Jehovah’s Witnesses and other Christians is that the Watchtower Society’s central core creed proclaims Jesus second coming in October 1914.
    They sometimes try to obscure this today and say that he came *invisibly*.Yes,all other Christains are awaiting Jesus return,the JW say he ALREADY came in 1914.
    Reports from TIME Magazine-*An even more extreme example of what might be called *masked churn* is the relatively tiny Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a turnover rate of about two-thirds*.
    That means that two-thirds of the people who were raised Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer are.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses are the highest loss of any religion.
    —Danny Haszard