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The boy in the flat next door is (I think?) being mistreated. I called CPS but they came by and said nothing seems amiss. What can I do?

He is 15 or 16, I'm not sure, and a really good kid. His father home schools him, but also works a 9 to 5 job. The kid only ever leaves the house when his father is with him, but he's very polite and soft spoken the few times I've talked to him, so I'm sure this is not his fault. At nights, sometimes, I can hear thumping and crying through the walls, and I know the kid isn't getting much to eat. A few weeks ago I heard actual screams (then, shortly afterwards, muffled screams) and loud banging and thumping. I'm certain the kid is being abused, but I called CPS and they didn't seem to find a problem (honestly, I'm not even sure they came by). This is a low income area, so most people would attribute the noises to outer sources, but I've listened through the walls and I know it's coming from the flat next door. What can I do?

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