Teen who escaped to gym was tortured, Calif. police say

TRACY, Calif. — The boy who walked into a Tracy gym earlier this week wearing a shackle on one leg and suffering from numerous injuries "won't be right for a long time," said a Tracy police official close to the case. Another said the boy had been enduring "torture."

Three of the people suspected of responsibility for the boy's condition have been arrested. One, Caren Ramirez, the 17-year-old's aunt, is being interrogated by Tracy detectives. She was arrested Tuesday night. A Tracy couple, Michael Luther Schumacher, 34, and Kelly Layne Lau, 30, were arrested earlier. All three were taken into custody on suspicion of conspiracy, torture, kidnapping, child beating and false imprisonment.

The boy was released from the hospital Wednesday and returned to Sacramento in the care of Sacramento County Child Protective Services personnel..

Conditions in the house where the boy had lived with Schumacher and Lau shocked emergency personnel who responded there.

"It's just the totality -- what they say, what they heard, what they could smell," said Tracy police Capt. John Espinozo. "Torture events are thankfully seldom seen by police officers."

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