Four arrested after starving teen found living with barn animals, eating twigs

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 21, 2018

A four year-old child living at the property was found to be fit and well, and handed over to social services. Officials said he was hired in November and his last day of employment was July 11, the day before his son was taken away by DHS investigators.

Lincoln County First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter told the Shawnee News-Star that the boy's father, stepmother and two older brothers have been arrested on complaints of child neglect. He was forced to sleep in a barn with goats, rabbits, chicken and other animals, The Oklahoman reported.

"We're incredibly thankful that someone called.they literally saved this child's life", Panter told the newspaper. According to the affidavit, several pellets of birdshot were found in one of the boy's legs.

34, was arrested Monday in Chandler on child abuse and child neglect complaints.

The boy told authorities that his father had shot him in a leg with a 12-gauge shotgun about a year ago, according to the paper.

His stepmother Amy Jones, 46, and siblings Jonathan Luke Plane, 20, as well as Tyler Joe Adkins, 24, are all facing child neglect charges.

No formal charges have yet been filed, Panter said, though he added that he expected them to be finalized soon.

In an affidavit, the boy said his father "treated this by digging out the maggots and closing the wound with superglue" local news outlet The Oklahoman reported.

The boy also allegedly said that he hadn't been taken to the hospital because "doctors are expensive" and that he hadn't been allowed off the farm for about two years, during which his family had said that he was being home schooled.

Authorities said the boy may need to have surgery to remove the sticks and grass from his stomach and may require hospitalization for at least a month.

Authorities were said to have been tipped off by a concerned passerby by saw the boy outside the barn.

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