Children Starved to Near Death by Abusive Parents

In Halifax, Pennsylvania, police arrested Brandi Jene Weyant, 38, and Joshua Ross Weyant, 33, for abusing their three children by locking them in a bedroom and starving them for three months. The couple intentionally malnourished their children because “they did not want them anymore.” The children’s ages are 4, 5, and 6 years-old.

The police, along with Dauphin County Children & Youth Services, found the famished children on December 16 in a disheveled household. They were dangerously thin, frail and had bruises all over their bodies. Their skin and clothes were covered in mangled animal hair, dirt, urine and feces. According to police reports, the smell of the children was equivalent to “caged animals.”

Listed below are the reported abuses the children went through:

•Severe bruising and bleeding on the 6-year-old’s right eye, caused by his father who threw him across the floor for “misbehaving.”

•A lost tooth from the 5-year-old after her mother punched her in the face for secretly drinking tea.

•Terrible hygiene due to being denied showers; the 5-year-old girl developed a case of severe lice infestations on her scalp and body.

•Self-urination and defecation due to being locked in their bedrooms and not being allowed out to use the bathroom, despite begging their parents to let them out.

•Lack of functioning heat in the bedroom; the children suffered from cold drafts at night and hypothermic conditions all winter due to plywood floors. They were each given one small blanket as their only source of comfort.

•Lack of food given to the children on a daily basis. The day they were recovered, they had not been fed. Reportedly, they were each given an apple the day before police arrive as their sole meal in nearly 48 hours. When finally hospitalized after the rescue, doctors said they could see the spinal cords of two of children due to how thin they were.

The children are still in the hospital and are experiencing trouble processing solid foods due to their poor health. They have been placed in the custody of Dauphin County Children & Youth Services, due to their being no responsible extended family members who will claim them.

Both Joshua and Brandi are being charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children. They are in prison on $1 million bail. According to police, both stated they were “beyond grateful for investigators showing up at [their] door and taking the [children] from home.”

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