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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A relative of the 17-year-old Kansas City, Mo., boy, whose father and stepmother are now charged with handcuffing their son to a pole in the family's basement, is now shedding new light on the disturbing case.

John Offoot is the boy's uncle and the brother of Pamela Martin, the boy's 41-year-old stepmother. Offoot tells FOX 4's Robert Townesend he and several of his relatives were shocked to learn that Offoot's sister and her 42-year-old husband, David, are both now charged with child abuse.

"I just really want to know what went down," he said. "If they were doing that for four months and they didn't tell me before, what makes me think that they're gonna tell me now?"

According to court documents, David Martin told police he kept the boy handcuffed for three weeks after he escaped from the locked basement. However, the boy said he was kept in the basement for three months. He told investigators he ate oatmeal for breakfast, Ramen noodles for lunch and bologna sandwiches at night. The teenager also said he lost 27 pounds while he was in the basement.

The Martins claim their son is Biplor and has ADHD and that they handcuffed him because they could no longer afford his medication. Offoot also says the couple feared their son would hurt someone.

"The child I know has stolen stuff, and the police were called and they did nothing," he said. "The boy has assaulted my sister. The cops were called and they didn't do nothing."

The boy is now with foster parents and reportedly back in school.

His jailed parents are expected to appear in a Clay County Courtroom on Wednesday.

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