Girl, 14, found starving in home; parents charged
SEATTLE — A father and stepmother were charged with withholding their 14-year-old daughter’s food and water so drastically that she weighed only 48 pounds, authorities said.
…she [the step mom] considered the girl a behavior problem and restricted her water as discipline. The woman said she had been home-schooling the girl and her 12-year-old brother for four years.
…she was given primarily toast to eat and only about 6 ounces of water per day. She said her stepmother even watched when she brushed her teeth to make sure she didn’t drink extra water.
…the father told him [the detective] the conflict between his daughter and wife “was concerning but he thought they could just handle it themselves.”
I don’t care what a child has done…whitholding food and water is NEVER an appropriate form of punishment.