Two Wisconsin parents have been charged after forcing a young boy to drink mouthwash. The couple gave the child mouthwash after he told them he was thirsty.
Tyriese Howard, 25, and his girlfriend 23-year-old Breya Allen, were arrested after Howard's young 5-year-old son was found with a .2 blood alcohol level while hospitalized.
According to Yahoo! News, the child told police that sometimes he would get so thirsty he would drink toilet water. Doctors told police they suspected a history of abuse after discovering scars all over the boy’s body.
The 5-year-old and his two siblings, aged 6 and 3, told authorities that their father and Allen would attack them with coat hangers, spatulas, shoes and other objects. The children allegedly also got choked or punched in the face during 'whoopins,' according to KOB4.
The children were reportedly too scared to report the abuse, according to Yahoo!, because their parents told them "snitches get switches."
Both parents have been charged with child abuse and the children are now staying with a foster family.