Now 19 years old, Clayton says he doesn't remember the first time he was put in the closet. Police believe he was locked in there for three to six months. "I remember being in there and just wondering, 'When am I going to get out'" he says. "It seemed like forever, an eternity, that I was in there."

Before his father met his stepmother, Clayton says he had a good relationship with his dad. "We were great [as father and son], just like any other normal dad and son," he says. 

Clayton says his biological mother wasn't—and still isn't—in the picture. "She dropped me off, told me she'd be back," he says. "She never did. ... Never really was a mother."


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