Bad parenting or child abuse? Jupiter father’s trial continues

The state will proceed to current proof Thursday within the ongoing trial of a Jupiter father accused of locking his son in a box-like construction within the storage.

Tim Ferriter, 48, is on trial dealing with prices of kid abuse, false imprisonment and little one neglect. His spouse, Tracy Ferriter, is dealing with the identical prices in a separate trial.

Prosecutors had been anticipated to proceed making their case that Ferriter abused his adopted teenage son by preserving him confined in an 8×8 enclosure that had been specifically constructed for him within the storage of their Egret Touchdown residence.


Jurors heard testimony from Ferriter’s son and adopted daughter Wednesday.

Ferriter’s son described intimately how he spent the vast majority of his time locked within the small room with nothing however a mattress on the ground, a desk and a bucket that he used to alleviate himself.

WATCH: Teen says he ‘slept in an 8×8 room within the storage’

Tim Ferriter’s son: ‘I slept in an 8×8 room within the storage’

“Did you want being in that room?” Assistant State Legal professional Brianna Coakley requested him.

“No,” he mentioned.

“Did you wish to be within the room?” she requested him.

“No,” he mentioned.

Coakley then requested how he felt being within the room.

WATCH: Teen says being locked in room ‘dehumanizing’

Tim Ferriter’s son on being locked in room: ‘It is dehumanizing’

“To me, being locked within the room, it is dehumanizing,” he mentioned. “It is virtually as unhealthy as genocide.”

Regardless of the testimony, the teenager mentioned throughout cross-examination that he did not suppose poorly of his adoptive mother and father.

“I haven’t got a nasty picture of Tim and Tracy,” he mentioned. “They only made a mistake. They had been simply performing out of frantic shock of my actions. They weren’t – I consider that they weren’t attempting to do any hurt.”

WATCH: Teen says he does not have ‘unhealthy picture’ of adoptive mother and father

Tim Ferriter’s son: ‘I haven’t got a nasty picture of Tim and Tracy’

Protection attorneys tried to painting Ferriter’s son as an issue little one whose repeated behavioral points impacted not simply the house life but in addition within the classroom.

Throughout cross-examination, the teenager admitted to stealing, bringing a field cutter to high school, injuring his child brother whereas they had been residing in Arizona and, when the boy was 4, providing him a beer to conduct an experiment.

His older sister additionally testified throughout Wednesday’s cross-examination that her brother was incessantly in bother, “hyper” and tough to manage.

WATCH: Tim Ferriter’s daughter remembers brother’s difficulties in Arizona

Tim Ferriter listens in courtroom as daughter remembers brother’s difficulties in Arizona

The Ferriters had been arrested by Jupiter police in February 2022.

Tracy Ferriter has been current within the courtroom all through the trial, sitting behind her husband within the gallery and listening to the testimony from police and her kids.

Wednesday’s proceedings concluded with jurors watching Ring movies from the teenager’s makeshift room within the storage. Tim Ferriter might be heard repeatedly cursing at his son all through the movies, which weren’t proven on the tv cameras throughout reside protection of the trial.

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