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Police: Teen forced to kneel 9 hours a day

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  • Florida couple charged with child abuse after allegedly forcing teen boy to kneel nine hours a day for 10 days
  • Police: Teen made to sleep in bathtub, fed just one 'protein shake' a day

According to authorities, a 13-year-old Florida boy was forced by his grandparents to kneel on the bathroom floor with his hands behind his back for nine hours a day as punishment for not doing his homework.

An affidavit says the discipline also included a morning "protein" shake made of meat and vegetables. He was reportedly denied food for the rest of the day.

Albert Cusson, 57, and his wife Nancy, 47, of Lakeland, Fla., admit that they punished him this way. It allegedly went on for 10 days before the boy ran away from home and told a neighbor.  The Cussons have since been jailed on child abuse charges.

However, the Cussons' lawyer says the boy has a mental illness as well as a history that calls his credibility into question. Hear that portion of the interview by clicking here.

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