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Jehovah's Witnesses free boy tied to pole

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.