Boy was chained to bed, dad's murder trial told

Shakeil Boothe, 10, was found dead in his Brampton home in May 2011.

Shakeil Boothe, 10, was found dead in his Brampton home in May 2011.

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

A father charged with killing his 10-year-old son pulled the child from school and would chain him to a bed, a court heard Monday. Crown attorney Kelly Slate told a jury that Garfield Boothe took his son, Shakeil, out of Hanover Public School in January 2011 and would “discipline Shakeil by hitting him with a belt and physically abusing him.” He also would chain Shakeil to his bed, freeing him only to use the washroom, shower and when family came to visit, Slate said in her opening address. Boothe and his wife, Nichelle Boothe-Rowe — Shakeil’s stepmother, have each pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

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