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Chained up child calls 911, parents face abuse charges

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Both Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg, the adoptive parents, are facing aggravated child abuse charges. (Photo Source: Shelby County Jail) Both Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg, the adoptive parents, are facing aggravated child abuse charges. (Photo Source: Shelby County Jail)
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(WMC) - An 8-year-old child who was chained up called 911 for help and now his adoptive parents are behind bars on child abuse charges.

Police arrested Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg Wednesday evening. According to the affidavit, one of their adoptive sons called 911 and told police he was chained to his bedroom wall.

The affidavit also states when officers found the child his clothes were soaked in urine. The 8-year-old was taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital where doctors found scarring, abrasions, and signs of malnutrition.

The child told police that he had to sleep on a dresser while he was chained up in his bedroom. He also said that he was chained inside a backyard shed for three days and was denied food by his mother and father.

Six other children were removed from the home in the 5600 block of Gaywinds Avenue on Thursday, July 3.

The biological mother of the child found chained up in the house says she wants her parental rights back.

Both Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg, the adoptive parents, are facing aggravated child abuse charges. In court Thursday, the couple was arraigned; Kendra saw a judge in person while Melvin communicated through a video camera.

The two were told that if convicted they could be in prison from eight to 60 years for the charges.

Melvin Bloomingburg is locked up under a $75,000 bond and his wife is on a $25,000 bond.

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