Western Pa. Man Chained Boy to Table


CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a western Pennsylvania man allegedly chained his 11-year-old stepson to the dinner table after he refused to eat the food on his plate.

Police say they arrested 38-year-old Joshua Lee Smith of Canonsburg on Monday. That’s about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Smith allegedly told the boy to finish eating his dinner and when he didn’t, made him get dog chains out of the yard. Smith also allegedly nailed the chains to the stairs and gave the boy a bucket to relieve himself.

Smith is being held in the Washington County Jail and was unable to post bond. He’s charged with child endangerment, simple assault, harassment and false imprisonment.

No attorney was listed on court papers. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28.

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