GALVESTON — An attorney is calling for a rally on the courthouse steps in support of criminal charges being filed in the case of a boy who police said was kept in a box.

Donna L. LeLeux is the court-appointed attorney for a boy by the initials J.W., who was 9 years old when he was reported July 22 as a runaway from his Galveston home.

Police found the boy three hours later, and state Child Protective Services were concerned about his living situation.

The boy told police he ran away from home because he didn’t want to be locked inside his room, a police search warrant affidavit stated. Police searched the boy’s home for evidence of the possession or promotion of child pornography, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit claimed the boy’s father showed police an 8-foot by 6-foot particleboard box in the laundry room, and police accused a man of keeping his son locked inside. 

Police reported finding shackles, a handcuff key, drug paraphernalia and a book called “The Lost Boy” among the items seized.

In a Monday email to The Daily News and others, LeLeux said a rally would be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Galveston County Justice Center, 600 59th St., to let the district attorney know that citizens haven’t forgotten about J.W. and to demand action in order to bring charges.

“To date, the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office has not prosecuted anyone for the physical and emotional abuse my client suffered,” LeLeux said in the email.

Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady responded Tuesday evening to the email, saying the case remained under investigation and that his office was working with local and federal law enforcement agencies to pursue the matter.

“We at the district attorney’s office understand and appreciate the community’s support and interest in this case,” Roady said. “While sometimes the criminal justice system seems to move far too slowly for those involved, a charging decision will be made only after the investigation has been completed.”

Roady said it was heartening to see county residents pull together in the case. He also said he has an open door to anyone with information about this or any other criminal matter.

“I assure you that we will continue to work toward a just result,” Roady said.

LeLeux asked those attending the rally to bring a blue or white glow stick and to stand up for J.W.

J.W. has remained in foster care, and an account was established in the interest of J.W. at all Wells Fargo banks. The account, 9843165490, would be used only for the boy’s benefit and would be managed by LeLeux, she said.

Contact Reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

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Robert Badger

The way the story is written the book 'The Lost Boy' is made to appear as something sinister because it is listed with drug paraphernalia, and handcuffs. Not surprising that the cops, the DA, and the GCDN staff knows that the book is a highly respected true life story of a boy stuck in foster care.

Robert Badger

This should read "Not surprising that the cops, the DA, and the GCDN staff DOES NOT know that the book is a highly respected true life story of a boy stuck in foster care."

I hate typos, and oldtimerz disease...totally annoying! ;)

Valerie Beverly

Not really concerned with the book, just the boy.

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Mikki Ham

Why is Jack Roady is this position??? Egg and sperm donors like that, need to be treated the EXACT same way that poor little boy was treated!!!!

Audrey Flowers

Please come join us December 14, 2012 to show little JW that he does have the support of caring people in Galveston County. Let's protect victims not perpetrators.

Audrey Flowers

@ Badgerman, your reference to the book The Lost Boy is interesting. Did you ever think it could be used as a manual for what abusive acts will most traumatize a child?

marlinanders88

This case has had many conflicting and confusing turns and twists, but what concerns me is the rush to judgement on these parents. As a long term resident, i share in the publics concern for this little boy, however, I get the feeling that there is much more to this case then we have been told. I think the decision of guilt, should be left in the hands of the justice system. Just have a feeling, children are precious, and should be protected, but rush to judgement is not the way to accomplish this.

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