Helena community rallies together to help 14-year-old boy

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HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Helena couple that was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after allegedly isolating their 14-year-old son in their basement will ask a judge to reduce their $1 million bond during an emergency hearing Wednesday.

Richard and Cynthia Kelly were arrested in November after Helena police say their adopted son was admitted to the hospital in near death condition. Helena police described the boy as weighing only 55 pounds. Police say he was kept in his basement and was severely malnourished.

When details of this case came to light, neighbors expressed their shock and disbelief.

Amanda Channell and her friend Lisa were so heartbroken to hear about the 14-year-old’s condition, that they decided to create a toy and clothing drive for him, something that will hopefully lift his spirits.

“When we found out all he needed, we thought ‘let’s set up a box and let the community know’ because our community is very giving. We’re a close knit community and they’ve delivered,” Channell said.

You can drop off clothing and toys for the 14-year-old boy at the Helena Police Department or Shelby County DHR office. Channell plans on dropping everything off to DHR on Friday.

CBS42 will have a reporter inside the courtroom during Wednesday’s emergency bond hearing and will bring you the latest right here in this story.

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