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Mother accused of keeping children chained inside north Charlotte home

Melissa Gonzalez-Guzman (image courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a mother after they said she chained her children together around their wrists and waists.

Detectives said Melissa Gonzalez-Guzman faces charges of child abuse and false imprisonment.

Police reports showed that investigators have pictures of the children chained together. The children were ages 9, 6, 3 and 4 years old.

According to warrants, the Department of Social Services responded to the home on July 18 after receiving a tip that children were being chained to their beds and locked in their rooms by their mother and her boyfriend.

The officer said he saw photos on the phone depicting four children with linked chains around their wrists and waists. The officer said he also saw a picture of what appeared to be an autistic 3-year-old chained to a chair.

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