HOUSTON (AP) — A malnourished 5-year-old Houston-area boy allegedly locked in a closet by his father and stepmother will stay with a great-aunt when he gets out of a hospital.

A judge in Houston on Tuesday awarded temporary custody to the maternal relative of the Spring boy discovered beaten and underfed on March 27.

Law officers answered a domestic disturbance call involving the boy’s father and his 16-year-old stepson. The teen reported the younger boy was neglected and forced to stay in a closet. Investigators say the rescued boy weighed just 29 pounds.

The boy’s father and stepmother have been charged with felony child endangerment.

The boy’s mother sought custody and will have access to her son when he’s discharged from a hospital — but temporary custody goes to the great-aunt.

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