Pennsylvania police said that two parents abused and starved their 6-year-old daughter while keeping her locked up in a dog crate.
On Tuesday, state police were called to the home of 37-year-old Jacob W. Weight and 33-year-old Mimi Ann Frost in Brownsville on a report of an unresponsive child.
Officers said that the house was full of dog feces, garbage, and urine. Other children in the home told police that the parents had kept the 6-year-old in a dog crate and hit her with a broom at least once.
Fayette County District Attorney Mike Aubele said that an investigation concluded that the child had been “tortured.”
The criminal complaint said the child was malnourished and had abrasions on her body as well as open sores. A local children’s hospital reported that she had a “host of medical and dental issues” and “hadn’t had pediatric care for years.”
The child allegedly told a therapist that she was forced to sleep in the dog crate every night and also made to eat dog food.
“One of the worst parts about it is there were five other children in the house and 10 dogs and none of them were malnourished,” said Aubele to WTAE-TV.
“The 6-year-old child was left in this cage naked without food. She would be punished if she was able to escape that cage to go get food. And to make matters worse, there’s evidence that at least a few of these children may have participated in the abuse with the parents,” he continued.
“It does seem like they were they were raised with this notion that this that this girl was that she deserved it, which is horrific in itself,” Aubele added.
He said that the girl was lucky to be alive.
“This girl’s been through a lot. And it’s only by the grace of God that she was able to survive the torture that she endured,” Aubele concluded.
Weight and Frost are facing numerous charges, including unlawful restraint of a minor, aggravated assault, and child neglect.
Here’s a news report about the incident:
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