GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - Less than a week before Father's Day, a Grand Bay dad is facing a felony charge of domestic violence.
Investigators said he choked his 16-year-old son and also locks the child out of the house for hours every day.
David Diamond, 40, admitted he locks the boy out of the house while he and his wife are at work.
When FOX10 News pulled up in front of the house on Rosalene the 16-year-old boy came out of the shed behind the home.
We asked the teen, "Are you okay?" and the teen responded,"Yes, I'm just out here."
The teen said he spends the day in the shed and the yard with the family dogs.
When asked how long the teen had been in the shed, he stated, "Since 6 o'clock this morning. That's normal though."
Diamond was arrested Monday, June 10.
Deputies said Diamond choked the boy during a confrontation that ended with the teen running away and ending up at a nearby convenience store.
Diamond showed up while FOX10 News was on his street.
We wanted to know why his son was being left in a hot shed.
Diamond said, "We have a fan in the shed. The shed's not as hot as outside. There is a lot of circumstances involved with him being outside, trust me. One of the facts is he's been breaking into our house and going through our stuff and stealing, and we're just not pleased with his behavior regarding our property."
Diamond said the list goes on.
"He'd been leaving his window open so that he could get into the house while we were at work. He's been going through our room, my wife and my stuff, and going on the computer and downloading, I haven't even figured out what all he's done on the computer yet," Diamond explained.
Diamond said he confronted the child about coming into the house.
"I grabbed his shirt and told him the next time this happens we're going to call the police. This is it. You're going to jail, and he just got irate," he said. "He said, 'I'm going to leave. I'm just going to leave.' I said all right. I helped him pack a bag and let him walk out. It was the wrong thing to do, but that's how upset I was. I didn't know what else to do.
"It sounds horrible, I agree. In your shoes I would probably think, 'This is a monster,' but when you understand the full situation, it's not quite so bad as all that."
We asked Diamond what he saw as the future for this young man.
Diamond said, "When he turns 18, he is going to leave my house and never come back. That's where I stand right now. I can't predict where he's going to go after that."
When FOX10 asked Diamond if he cared he said, "I did. I used to. Getting arrested certainly hurt that caring quite a bit."
FOX10 News also talked to some of the neighbors who said they were concerned about the teen.
They were glad when the boy was removed by the Department of Human Resources when the sheriff's office began its investigation.
However, neighbors were surprised to see the child was returned to the home.
Not much has changed for the boy since he was returned to the house.
"We're going to try to get him a little air conditioning unit, a portable air conditioning unit for the shed. I know it's not perfect but, I'm not going to let him in my house while I'm away," Diamond said.
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