Three Pennsylvania children were kept locked up in a room by their parents and possibly had to eat paint to survive, prosecutors allege.
“The door to the room was locked from the outside and the paint on the wall was peeled off at the height of the kids,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico told People magazine in an interview. “We theorize they’d been peeling it off in order to eat it.”
Brandi and Joshua Weyant’s three children—only 4, 5, and 6 years old—were rushed to the hospital after investigators discovered them in squalid condition. All three were malnourished and underweight, with their skin covered in urine, feces, animal hair, and dirt, according to the magazine. Two were close to death.
Meanwhile, the couple’s animals were kept well fed. According to Brandi Weyant, the children are not biologically related to her or her husband, and police are attempting to find their biological parents now. Brandi also claimed that her husband was the one responsible for the abuse.
Joshua, meanwhile, said he starved the three kids because he “didn’t want the children overfed.”
The couples were charged with assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and child endangerment.