Cops Seek Missing Aunt of Chained Boy

Suspect lost custody of Calif. teen after felony child abuse charges
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2008 6:14 AM CST
Caren Ramirez, in an undated photo provided by the Tracy Police Department. Police are seeking Ramirez on suspicion of participating in alleged abuse against her 17-year-old nephew.    (AP Photo/Tracy Police Department)
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(Newser) – Police are hunting for the aunt of a boy who burst into a California health club shackled, bloodied, and pleading for help, the Sacramento Bee reports. Caren Ramirez is already wanted for a probation violation on felony child abuse charges, and neighbors say she’s recently visited the home of a couple who police arrested on charges of kidnapping and torture after speaking to the boy.

"The key to this whole thing is the capture of Caren Ramirez," a police spokesman said. "Until we get her, it's just a giant jigsaw." The boy, who had been missing since he ran away from a Sacramento group home 15 to 18 months ago, is recovering at a local hospital. A guard has been posted at the door for his safety and officers moved by his ordeal have chipped in to buy him a Nintendo.