Family eats Czech boy (7)
A seven-year-old boy was kept chained in a closet as relatives hacked off pieces of his flesh to eat, a court heard on Saturday.
Barbaric: The boy's mother Klara Mauerova (left) in court. Barbora Skrlova was chained, but is believed to have abused the child
Ondrej Mauerova was partially skinned in the closet in a cellar at his home.
The abuse involving members of a religious cult the Grail Movement was uncovered by chance last May when a neighbour's television baby monitor picked up graphic pictures of what was happening next door.
Ondrej and his nine-year-old brother Jakub were locked and chained in the cellar for months by their mother Klara (31). He was caged, beaten, gagged to stop him screaming and made to eat his own vomit. Mauerova had the monitor installed so that she could watch the abuse from her kitchen.
Police were called and the two boys as well as what appeared to be a 13-year-old girl were freed. But the girl later turned out to have been one of the alleged abusers, Barbora Skrlova.
Mauerova has admitted abusing her children, but she said she had been manipulated by Skrlova and her own sister Katerina. The accused are Klara, Katerina, Barbora Skrlova, her brother Jan Skrla and a friend Jan Turek.
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