PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from Washington County is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges that he chained his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son to the basement steps for refusing to eat dinner.

Police say 38-year-old Joshua Smith was arrested by North Strabane Police after the boy’s mom called 911.

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Police say they arrived to find the boy chained up and had to use wire cutters to free the child.

The boy had some cuts on his leg.

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Police say they arrested Smith last month for trying to strangle his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter.

Smith remains in the Washington County Jail.

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