CYRIL, Okla. -- An Oklahoma teacher is behind bars for allegedly abusing her 10-year-old stepson.
Tamara Zeno and her husband, Tony Zeno, are behind bars following child abuse allegations.
Tamara teaches English, speech, and drama at Cyril High School in Caddo County; Cyril Superintendent Jamie Mitchell said Tamara has been a model employee for the past three years.
However, her stepson paints a very different picture of her, alleging she hit him with a golf club.
Police are investigating what happened inside a southwest Oklahoma City home, where a 10-year-old boy was visiting for two months over the summer.
That’s where his father, Tony Zeno, and stepmom, Tamara, live.
The boy actually lives with his mother in Colorado. She says he came home looking thinner, and had horror stories to tell about his stay in Oklahoma.
“Obviously, things that cross the line of what a parent can do as far as disciplining a child,” MSgt. Gary Knight said.
The boy’s mother called police in Colorado.
The boy told investigators Tony Zeno choked him, and Tamara Zeno zip-tied him to a chair and forced him to sleep like that. He said the couple also forced him to swallow peroxide and soap. He even said Tamara hit him with a golf club.
Colorado police started an investigation.
The Oklahoma City police report does not say if there is evidence that matches his story.
“I had no idea there was anything like that, most of the people in the neighborhood seem like really nice people. I’m really shocked,” neighbor Tom Johnson said.
Tony and Tamara Zeno were interviewed Tuesday at police headquarters where officers arrested them.
They’re facing multiple charges, including child abuse and child neglect.
As for the boy, he is safe at home with his mother in Colorado.
Superintendent Mitchell said Tamara is still employed with Cyril Public Schools, and substitutes are covering her classes.
He told us he’ll make a decision about her job there once they learn more from police.