Police took the boy to hospital Photo: Marina Neil
A 15-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being found chained to furniture in his mother’s Blacktown home.
The intellectually disabled boy was found after a member of the public reported a concern for welfare to the police.
Police and paramedics attended the home just after midday on Tuesday. It’s understood he had been left in the house by himself and was chained to a piece of furniture.
Neighbours said the teenager had developmental problems and was one of five or six young children in the household.
“He can walk, he can jump, he can play. But he can’t talk. He can’t understand,” said a neighbour, who did not wished to be named.
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She said the boy would often run in the street, sometimes naked.
She said the teenager was the oldest of at least five children.
“They are beautiful kids. We only say hello and goodbye, that’s it,” she said.
A police spokeswoman confirmed the teenager had been taken to Westmead Hospital as a precaution.
“Officers from Blacktown Local Area Command will investigate all the circumstances. They will be speaking with the boy’s mother and other relevant agencies,” she said.
NSW Fire & Rescue crews were also called to help remove the boy.