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Couple's Brutal Abuse Of Teen Involved Shock Collars, Hog-Tying, Police Say

Thomas Wininger, the victim's father, and his girlfriend Desirae Tomcanin allegedly abused the boy for 12 hours at a time.

A couple is accused of abusing a teen boy so badly he had burn marks on his ankles from shock collars.

Thomas D. Wininger, 40, from Sylvester, Georgia, and his girlfriend, Desirae Tomcanin, 34, were arrested and charged with second degree cruelty and false imprisonment, according to a police report cited by KPLC in Fenton, Louisiana.

Wininger is the victim's father. 

The teen was allegedly punished harshly by the couple for up to 12 hours at a time, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. The alleged abuse included being handcuffed, hog-tied and fitted with shock collars. 

The boy managed to esape the night of July 3 when he was uncuffed to use the bathroom, police said. The boy apparently ran through the woods to a nearby residence. Someone at that house called the authorities.

The boy had damage to his face and marks from a belt on his back from his father, according to KPLC.

Wininger and Tomcanin traveled from state to state for work, the station reported. The boy hadn't been to school for some time. 

The suspects were both booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, and bond has not yet been set, according to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

The boy was put into the custody of the state by authorities.

[Photo: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office]

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