A demolition company boss has told of her horror after stepping inside the makeshift ‘prison cell’ where a Christian couple allegedly kept their ‘disturbed’ teen son locked up and under constant video surveillance.
Tracy and Timothy Ferriter face child abuse charges over claims they whipped and beat their adopted 14-year-old and forced him to live inside an 8ft by 8ft box in the garage of their Jupiter, home.
Entrepreneur Rebecca Miller got to see the creepy enclosure for herself after the Ferriters, who are out on $50,000 bond, hired her Demo Boyzz firm to quietly tear it down on Saturday morning.
The accused couple, both 46, have passed the structure off as an office despite it having no windows and the door knob, lock and light switch all located on the outside.
It was also fitted with a CCTV camera so they could monitor the youngster day and night as he slept, ate and spent up to 18 hours at a time inside the pokey drywall cube, only allowing him out to go to school, it’s alleged.
Jupiter Couple Timothy and Tracy Ferriter, who face child abuse charges over claims they whipped and beat their adopted 14-year-old and forced him to live inside an 8ft by 8ft box in the garage, had the room in their garage removed last Saturday
Tracy Ferriter, 46 (left), and Timothy Ferriter, 46 (right), both of Jupiter, have both pled not guilty to one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of false imprisonment for allegedly forcing their adopted son to stay in a locked cell-like structure in their garage whenever he wasn’t attending school
Demolition expert Rebecca Miller was disturbed when she saw the the creepy enclosure after the Ferriters, who are out on $50,000 bond, hired her Demo Boyzz firm to quietly tear it down on Saturday morning
Miller tells DailyMail.com, ‘My heart breaks for their kid after seeing it for myself.It’s a prison cell, that’s basically what it is, it was horrible’. Her team is seen demolishing the structure
Timothy Ferriter was seen at the side of his house as the enclosure in his garage was quietly demolished Saturday
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My heart breaks for their kid after seeing it for myself. It’s a prison cell, that’s basically what it is, it was horrible,’ Rebecca, 32, told DailyMail.com.
‘Imagine living like that with no control over anything, not even your own light switch.Not knowing when someone is going to come and punish you or if you’re ever going to get out.
‘I don’t know if these people will go to jail or not, but if they do it will show them what it’s like to live like a prisoner.’
The Ferriters were arrested on February 8 after their son ran away and revealed his grim plight to police, telling them he would rather be locked up in prison than sent back to his devout Catholic parents, who face trial for aggravated abuse and false imprisonment.
Miller says her team spent an hour and a half tearing it down, carrying the debris out through a side entrance because paranoid Timothy Ferriter refused to open the main garage door
After finishing the job, Miller was stunned to receive an email from his attorney, threatening to withhold the outstanding $1,150 balance on the $3,450 job unless they signed a non-disclosure agreement
Their three other kids aged two, 13 and 16 lived normally at the family’s spacious $750,000 property while their sibling was fed scraps and forced to do yard work and write lines for petty offences such as ‘stealing’ cookies, according to court filings.
Rebecca, a mom-of-two who runs Demo Boyzz with her husband Ryan, 35, said being locked inside the ‘claustrophobic’ cube would have had a devastating impact on a child’s mental health.Rebecca and Ryan are pictured
DailyMail.com previously reported that the Ferriters were first reported to authorities on December 28 last year by builder Jacques Ben Aim who was paid $3,000 and given just two days to build a ‘very strange’ office inside their garage.
Detectives agreed it was suspicious but couldn’t act on the information because there was no evidence of a crime.
But that changed on January 28 of this year when Tracy Ferriter contacted police to say her son had gone missing, claiming he suffered from ‘several behavioral disorders’ and had been in trouble at school.
Detective Andrew Sharp visited the Ferriter property and located the tiny ‘cell’ furnished with a bed, chair, a desk and school books.
When the missing teen was located the next day he told cops all about his alleged life of captivity, saying he was banned from the rest of his house, fed leftovers and forced to go to the toilet in a bucket.
He also claimed he had been whipped, spanked with a belt, struck in the face and spat on by his parents who monitored him via a Ring camera.
The Ferriters have defended their behavior in court filings saying they were forced to keep their son locked up because he took weapons to school, attacked his siblings and suffered from ‘longstanding dangerous and disturbing propensities’.
DailyMail.com previously reported that the Ferriters were first reported to authorities on December 28 last year by builder Jacques Ben Aim who was paid $3,000 and given just two days to build a ‘very strange’ office inside their garage.Miller’s team is seen at the Ferriter home
DailyMail.com obtained the demolition plans for the garage. ‘I didn’t sign anything and I won’t,’ said Rebecca.’I don’t feel bad for these people after seeing how their kid was living’
The plans to demolish the structure at the Ferriter house are seen. ‘It’s crazy because they seem like such normal people.The neighborhood is normal, they have three dogs, they have money obviously,’ Miller said
Timothy Ferriter is seen with the demolition crew on Saturday.He wore an ‘Arizona’ t shirt and cap and attempted to remain lowkey
But Rebecca, a mom-of-two who runs Demo Boyzz with her husband Ryan, 35, said being locked inside the ‘claustrophobic’ cube would have had a devastating impact on a child’s mental health.
‘There was no window, no space to do anything.It’s just drywall all around you,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘It was a very well built structure. It would have been pitch black in there once they switched the light off from the outside. It would drive anyone crazy being locked inside there day after day.’
Rebecca says her team spent an hour and a half tearing it down, carrying the debris out through a side entrance because paranoid Timothy Ferriter refused to open the main garage door.
After finishing the job she was stunned to receive an email from his attorney, threatening to withhold the outstanding $1,150 balance on the $3,450 job unless they signed a non-disclosure agreement.
‘I didn’t sign anything and I won’t,’ said Rebecca.’I don’t feel bad for these people after seeing how their kid was living.
‘It’s crazy because they seem like such normal people. The neighborhood is normal, they have three dogs, they have money obviously.
‘There were skateboards and a mini-fridge in the garage.Other than the box it was completely normal.’
Outwardly respectable Timothy Ferriter has held high-up marketing positions at several Fortune 500 companies, according to a now-deleted slot online profile.
He was previously listed as the president of a publishing company named Decided Excellence Catholic Media and in 2018 he was a guest on a SiriusXM podcast hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.
Tracy and Tommy Ferriter are pictured with three of their children. The couple’s three other children were removed from their house by Child Protective Services, including one child who is two years old
The unnamed 14year-old boy told police he was spanked, hit with a belt and a jump rope and frequently spit on, and reportedly asked to be put in jail so he didn’t have to go back to his adopted parents, pictured here with their children
The accused couple, both 46, told cops the makeshift cage was a home office – despite it having no windows and no door handle on the inside but with a deadbolt and the only light switch located on the outside
Detectives suspect he and his wife could have been locking up their son since as long ago as 2017 after finding evidence that similar cell-like rooms existed at their previous two houses in Florida and Arizona.
The couple’s attorney, Nellie King, wrote to police and the State Attorney’s Office last month insisting the boy posed a threat to his siblings, who have all been removed by child protective services.
King’s letter claimed the teen pushed an unnamed family member so hard he fractured her shoulder, knocked his two-year-old brother off his bike and left another sibling in hospital when he shoved her into a window sill.
He also ‘tortured animals, yelled in class ‘the holocaust was a good thing’ and ‘all immigrants are drug dealers’, the note said.
The boy ‘brings knives and weapons to school, draws pictures of guns and artillery fire, roams the house terrorizing others at night and fantasizes about killing people,’ King added, offering to share the boy’s medical and school records with authorities.
The Ferriters are due to be arraigned March 24.
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