Pennsylvania parents accused of starving, abusing three children | Reuters

By David DeKok | HARRISBURG, Pa. HARRISBURG, Pa.

Reuters December 24, 2016 23:00:09 IST
Pennsylvania parents accused of starving, abusing three children
| Reuters

Pennsylvania parents accused of starving abusing three children
 Reuters

By David DeKok
| HARRISBURG, Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania couple tried to starve their three children to death because the father no longer wanted them, state police said in charges filed this week.Police said officers and Dauphin County social workers rescued the emaciated children, girls aged 4 and 5 and a boy aged 6, from their parents on Dec. 16 and took them to a hospital. Details on their current health were not available.Police identified the parents as Joshua Weyant, 33, and Brandi Weyant, 38, of Halifax, a small town about 21 miles north of the state capital of Harrisburg. According to a police statement, both were charged on Friday afternoon with the same 18 felonies: multiple counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children. The couple was being held in Dauphin County Prison. It was not immediately clear whether they had a lawyer.

The couple began periodically withholding food and adequate care in September after Joshua Weyant decided he no longer wanted the children, police said.The children told investigators that they were locked in an unheated bedroom during cold weather, were starved for long periods of time and beaten by their parents. They had severe bruises and abrasions when rescued, according to the police.

PennLive.com, citing additional details found in court papers, said the children weighed between 23 and 28 pounds and were thickly covered in body lice. The website reported that two of the children were a week or less from death, according to doctors.Police said the children required "advanced medical treatment" as a result of their injuries.

The parents are due in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2. (Editing by Jonathan Allen and Dan Grebler)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

Global equities break record as U.S. stocks waver after manufacturing data
Business

Global equities break record as U.S. stocks waver after manufacturing data

By Katanga Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global equities set both an intraday high and record close on Tuesday as markets as investors weighed the latest U.S. economic data for signs of a rebound and rising inflation while Wall Street's main indexes wavered before ending little changed. Graphic: Global asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn Energy shares were among the best performing during the session as the OPEC+ alliance agreed to hike output in July and gave a bullish forecast.

Zoom beats quarterly revenue estimates on steady demand
Business

Zoom beats quarterly revenue estimates on steady demand

(Reuters) - Zoom Video Communications Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue on Tuesday, benefiting from steady demand for its video-conferencing platform as people wary of the pandemic continued school and work from home. Zoom became a household name during the pandemic as businesses and schools switched to its video conferencing platform for virtual classes, office meetings and social catch-ups.

Cyprus sees nationalists gain in parliament vote
World

Cyprus sees nationalists gain in parliament vote

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) -Cyprus's ruling conservatives emerged as winners but failed to get an absolute majority in a parliamentary election on Sunday, with voters turning to smaller parties, including a right-wing party with links to Greece's now outlawed Golden Dawn.