Woman joins husband, charged with handcuffing boy to dog cage
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS 12) —
A woman now faces charges of aggravated child abuse, the same counts already confronting her husband.
32-year old Casey Dersa, and her husband, 32-year old Robert Dersa, are accused of handcuffing a 12-year old boy to a large dog cage, for hours at a time, as punishment for misbehavior.
Mrs. Dersa bonded out of the Palm Beach County Jail, just more than a week after Mr. Dersa posted his bond.
CBS12 visited the couple’s gated Palm Springs property on Thursday, ringing the intercom. Two men emerged briefly from the home, but retreated inside, upon spotting the CBS12 crew.
CBS12 later reached Mr. Dersa by phone, but he declined to comment.
In the arrest reports, obtained by CBS12, investigators said the 12-year old told them the day before, Mr. Dersa handcuffed him to the cage for over 12 hours, not allowing him to eat or use the restroom, because of his bad behavior. The boy said sometimes this happened multiple times a day.
In the reports, a Palm Springs officer said he found an animal cage in the home, measuring five feet by five feet, standing six feet tall, with two sets of handcuffs attached.
The reports say Mr. Dersa told police he got the cage for two large iguanas but then was unable to produce any photos of the reptiles.
Mrs. Dersa said the handcuffs were for role-playing with her husband.
The reports also spell out injuries to the boy, investigators say are consistent with being hit in the back, or handcuffed.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Dersa denied hitting or handcuffing the boy and said the child suffered from behavioral problems.
Neighbors CBS12 we spoke with agreed the boy had issues.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families said the boy is in licensed foster care.