Police arrest adoptive parents of child found chained up

Bloomingburg

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The adoptive parents of an 8-year-old boy found chained up last week have been arrested.

Kenya and Melvin Bloomingburg were taken into custody at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Both are charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Six children were removed from the home in the 5600 block of Gaywinds Avenue last Thursday.

Police say a girl inside the home called them and said her brother was chained up. Neighbors tell us the girl got a hold of a cellphone when her mother went to the grocery store.

Neighbor Valerie Golden said, “My son was over here playing with the kids a while ago, and they said the little boy was chained to the back fence back there.”

Neighbors say they tried to tell a police officer who lives nearby about the abuse, but nothing was done until last week.

If you see or suspect child abuse or neglect, call the child abuse hotline at 877-237-0004.