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Attorney questions why no charges in headline-grabbing child abuse case

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After a 9-year-old boy ran away from his Galveston home on July 22, police issued an Amber alert and released this picture.

We are blurring the boy's face due to allegations raised in court documents.

Allegations that also raised many eyebrows on the island.

"They were horrified by the news reports and disgusted by the news reports and I think most of the public assumed criminal charges were filed and these people were going through the criminal justice system," said the boy's court appointed attorney Donna LeLeux.

But that hasn't happened and LeLeux now has Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady in her cross hairs.

"Because this is a 9-year-old boy who doesn't have a voice," LeLeux said.

After police found the boy and returned him to his father according to court documents, he showed them "a particle board box approximately 8 by 6 in the laundry room that contained a small blanket, a pair of socks and a book."

The father, court documents allege, told cops he kept the boy locked inside.

Court documents state the boy told police his dad and step mom took a permanent marker and wrote on his body words such as liar and thief while the boy was naked in the box.

"We live in the United States of America we don't lock our babies in a box," LeLeux said.

Court documents state the boy also told police his father took a picture of him from his cell phone while naked and told him he was going to post it on social websites.

Documents indicate several cell phones were confiscated under suspicions of child pornography.

Police also seized several crack pipes from the home.

"I believe if you were walking down the street and you had a crack pipe on you there would be some consequences for that behavior," LeLeux said.

The attorney has scheduled a rally for December 14 for those unhappy with the lack of criminal charges.

In an e-mail responding to that rally D.A. Roady said the case is still under investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies but gives no specific reasons for the lengthy delay.

Roady ignored repeated calls from Fox 26 seeking comment.

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