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Ohio Mom Allegedly Duct-Tapes 11-Year-Old Son to a Chair to Take Another Kid Swimming

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Susan Malysa

Police in Boardman, Ohio, have arrested a 32-year-old mother for allegedly duct-taping her 11-year-old son to a chair — binding his hands and legs and covering his mouth — so she could take another one of her children swimming, PEOPLE confirms.

A police report obtained by PEOPLE alleges a relative went to Susan Malysa’s home on Monday and called 911 after finding the boy, Malysa’s son, alone in the basement with duct tape securing him to a chair.

According to investigators, the boy’s legs were taped to the chair’s legs and his hands were taped together.

His mouth had also been covered with duct tape, the police report states.

Officers arrived to find the boy cold and shaking, according to the report. He told them he hadn’t been there long. The tape left red marks on his skin, and police noticed the child had bruises on his face and neck.

The relative who called 911 told detectives she had suspected the child was being abused and tried taking him to a counselor to discuss her suspicions.

She alleged that Malysa refused to let him visit with the counselor alone.

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The relative went to check on the boy after Malysa allegedly told her she was bringing the other child to the local YMCA to swim, but that the 11-year-old would not be accompanying them.

Police detained Malysa at the YMCA and charged her with felony child endangering.

She appeared in Boardman Court on Tuesday morning but did not enter a plea to her charge. She does not yet have an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

Malysa remains behind bars on $10,000 bond. She has been barred from having any contact with her kids. She will be back in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

Both kids are now in the custody of relatives.