Key hearing postponed in UP teen torture case

Escanaba police: 15-year-old boy lived under tarps, tortured for years

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ESCANABA, Mich. - A key hearing this week against a couple charged with torturing and abusing a teen boy in the Upper Peninsula will be reset.

The boy's mother has waived her right to a hearing within 14 days. Elizabeth LaCosse, a lawyer for the woman's boyfriend, says his hearing scheduled for Thursday won't be held either.

Police in Escanaba say a 15-year-old boy was kept inside the home for four years, rarely leaving a room made from tarps while being tortured and abused. He was removed by officers on April 11.

Police says the boy was discovered after a relative who hadn't seen him asked police for help.

Read: UP teen abused, confined in room 4 years

The next important step is a court hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to send the case to trial in Delta County Circuit Court.

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