Richard and Cynthia Kelly were arrested by the Helena Police after being accused of starving and locking their foster son in their basement home in Alabama.
The investigation began on Nov. 13th after police were notified of a 14-year-old boy weighing only 55 pounds who was hospitalized in critical condition for malnutrition and dehydration.
Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar said in a press release last month, “It is our belief that he spent an extended period of time in what I would term as a forced isolation. Like most of the people here at the police department, I’m a parent and you just struggle to wrap your head around it.”
Al.com interviewed the boy’s older brother, Eddie Carter, 18, who confessed to the same exact treatment during his time with them. Carter mentioned that he and his brother were excited after being adopted at 11 and 7-years-old. However, that excitement quickly faded once the foster parents’ “true colors came out,” said Carter.
Carter mentioned that his foster parents wanted to teach him lessons, though he didn’t believe that children could learn that way. “You kinda feel like an animal” Carter said referring to being locked away. “I felt like a wild animal that didn’t get any affection. I didn’t really trust anybody.”
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According to Carter there was no bathroom in the basement, “There would be sometimes they go out, and I would have to use the bathroom in the corner, and the room stank like piss.” His foster parents would also give him bread and water as a punishment while they enjoyed full meals.
“Jesus survived off bread and water, so you can too,” his foster parents would tell him. Carter said that he would bite his lips until they bled, and as punishment they would pour salt on the wounds.
Carter became angry and would act out, “I would bang on the walls just to keep people awake in the house. I got aggressive, like, I’m not about to stay down here. Hell no. I wasn’t having it.”
Nick Carter, aka Murs, a rapper from Arizona, adopted Carter in 2013. Carter became depressed being separated from his brother, “I thought about him every single day. I was blaming myself for being sent away.” He said that he was praying that his brother would receive better treatment than what he had to face.
Murs ended up returning Carter to foster care after Carter filed false claims of child abuse against him and his wife. In an interview with contactmusic.com, Murs claims that he was not aware of Carter’s violent behavior before the adoption. “Even though he filed a false claim on us, I know he’s just angry, I tell him, ‘When you hit rock bottom, I’m there for you so call me’.”
Although Murs and his wife are still Carter’s legal parents, Carter is currently living on his own in Arizona. The Kelly’s were never held accountable for the abuse of Carter.
The foster parents, who have yet to plead guilty, are scheduled for preliminary hearings in court on Dec. 14th and 15th. Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar called it the “worst case of neglect” he’s ever seen.
H/T: Washington Post
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