Rally to be held for boy forced to live in box

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GALVESTON, Texas - A rally is scheduled Friday evening at the Galveston County Justice Center for the 9-year-old boy who was allegedly forced by his father to live inside a small particle board box.

The boy's father, David Wieseckel, has since relinquished his parental rights. 

Back in August, Wieseckel admitted to Local 2 that he forced his son to stay inside the 8 feet by 6 feet box.

"There was a room built for him so he wouldn't damage windows, rooms, wood and everything else," Wieseckel said.  "It was his bedroom. He had everything in there. He had blankets, a bed, and he damaged it all, wrecked it all."

The Galveston County Police Department was first notified about the boy's living conditions when he ran away from home in July.  Now, months later, the boy's court appointed attorney, Donna LeLeux ,wants the Galveston County's District Attorney's Office to file charges.  LeLeux is also the organizer of Friday's rally.

"The goal of the rally is to unite, not to divide," LeLeux said.  "And to bring to the public's attention that no charges have been filed in this case. This case has been going on for almost five months. Five months. This little boy deserves justice."

"We hope to have a charging decision within early next year," Galveston County Felony Division Chief Kevin Petroff said speaking on behalf of the District Attorney's Office.  "We would just caution everyone that although the criminal justice system does at times move very slowly, we want to be able to make a charging decision when we have all the facts on the table."

LeLeux remains unsatisfied.

"Until those people are in jail, justice will not have occurred for this child," LeLeux said.  "(The boy) needs a voice. He deserves a voice and I want everybody to step up and to stand up and be his voice for him.

The boy's mother is making a push to get custody of her son, but for now, according to CPS, the boy will remain in foster care.

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