Report: 13 people may have known of boy's abuse

July 10, 2011 7:33:55 PM PDT
A new report shows more than 13 people may have known about the alleged abuse of Christian Choate prior to his death at the age of 13 back in 2009.

The Times of Munster, citing a review of Indiana Department of Child Services records, reported Sunday that only one adult claims to have taken her concerns about Christian Choate to legal authorities

Investigators have said the boy was beaten for several years and kept in a cage for as long as a year before the 13-year-old's death in early 2009. His disappearance went unreported until Lake County police unearthed his body in May from in a shallow grave in a Gary mobile home park.

His father and stepmother face murder and other charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.