St. Joseph grandmother faces felony abuse charges for duct taping grandson

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A St. Joseph grandmother has been accused of using duct tape to restrain her 11-year-old grandson, who she is the legal guardian for,  while locking him in a shed next to her home.

According to St. Joseph police, Vickie Weyer, 48, faces felony child abuse charges after using duct tape to restrain the boy's wrists, waist and legs for a number of days.

Jay McGlothlin lives next door and says Weyer has always been verbally abusive to the boy, but McGlothlin says this time, it was time to call police.

"He pulls his sleeves up and shows me his wrist, duct tape had been dug into his wrists," said Jay McGlothlin.  "I said what is that? He said that's where grandma taped me up in the back room for two days and two nights."

Weyer is also accused of using a wooden plunger handle to hit the boy multiple times. The police report states the boy was taped up for an extended period of time.

"She put the stereo speakers in the window facing out playing loud so we couldn't hear him if he was hollering," said McGlothlin.

According to the probable cause statement, Weyer has an extensive criminal history, multiple arrests for stealing and driving drunk. McGlothin says the boy didn't want him to call police.

"He begged us, don't call the police, don't put grandma in jail," said McGlothlin.

Court documents state the boy doesn't sleep in his grandmother's home, but in the shed next to the house.

Weyer is behind held on a $50,000 bond. She is expected to appear in court on Friday and to have no contact with the victim, her grandson.

McGlothlin says child services took the 11 year-old boy after Weyer was arrested. However, in an emailed statement, The Missouri Department of Social Services says it could not confirm or deny involvement in the case.

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