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NAUGATUCK — Two people have been charged in connection with a child abuse case where a boy was forced to sleep in a locked closet for months and subjected to “various physical punishments,” police said.

Kevin Grant, 31, and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Baptiste, 29, both of Forest Street in Naugatuck, were arrested last week, police said.

Grant was charged with risk of injury to a child, second-degree assault, intentional cruelty to persons, disorderly conduct and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Baptiste was charged with risk of injury to a child, second-degree reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

Naugatuck police said they responded to a report of child abuse on Oct. 1.

“Through the investigation, it was determined the accused was aware that her husband, the juvenile’s step-father, was forcing him to sleep in a locked closet for several months and would subject the child to various physical punishments, including kneeling on tacks and drinking hot sauce until he vomited,” police said.

Grant and Baptiste appeared in Waterbury Superior Court after their arrests. They did not enter a plea during that court appearance.

Grant and Baptiste were released after posting $25,000 and $10,000 bonds, respectively. Both were will appear in court on Nov. 10.

Police did not say who has taken custody of the child.

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