GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia couple has been charged with locking their 14-year-old son in a bedroom without food and water for days, according to arrest warrants.

Joy Evonne Skipper, 45, and Johnny Rufus Dickson Sr., 41, were charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

According to the warrants, the couple boarded up the bedroom windows and left the teen in there for days.

Police said he tried to escape to get food from neighbors.

He was dehydrated, police said, but was expected to recover.

Skipper and Dickson were charged Saturday morning and held briefly at the Gaston County Jail on $15,000 and $25,000 bonds, respectively. They were released later that afternoon.

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