A 24-year-old Chicago mother has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a child and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, after her battered 7-year-old son was seen by driver running down a freeway with nothing but a diaper on.
The driver quickly phoned emergency officials, who later discovered that the young boy had run away to escape his mother Caroline Woods and her boyfriend.
When questioned by the authorities, the child described the horrific torture that he endured at the hands of his mother, stating that she would burn his genitals with a curling iron and her boyfriend joined in by making him sit on a hot stove. He also recounted being beaten with various objects that included an extension cord, baseball bat and pole.
Police later learned that Woods forced the child to sleep in a closet covered in feces, and that his diet consisted of okra and protein shakes, which were swerved on an irregular basis.
The young boy, along with his two-year-old sister has been put in protective custody.
Woods is currently behind bars without bail. Her accomplice boyfriend has not been identified or arrested.