Police speak to mother of caged addict

POLICE have spoken to the mother of an ice addict who has been keeping her son in a cage to try to help him break the habit, but they say unless he makes a formal complaint they can't press charges.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow confirmed police had visited the residence and spoken to the family, but no complaint had been made by the son.

"Obviously it's a sensitive issue," he said.

"There are agencies out there that provide this type of assistance and we urge people to contact these assistance providers.

"They can also contact police to seek advice."

The mother told The Morning Bulletin she begged every agency in town for help, but it was only when he was admitted to the Brisbane mental health unit following a suicide attempt that he became involved with Teen Challenge.

"No one in Rockhampton helped me, no government service helped me," she said.

Teen Challenge is a Brisbane-based not-for-profit organisation which provides long-term residential treatment and rehabilitation for those aged 16-39.

He is no longer undergoing treatment with them.


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