An Indiana couple was arrested last week after a police tip led authorities to their house, where a 5-year-old boy was found nearly dead. AshLeigh Peach and Jonathan Parsley were arrested, and their son spent 8 days in the hospital due to malnutrition, with doctors afraid he would never make a full recovery.
The parents had apparently used starvation as a punishment tactic. The 5-year-old weighed just 32 lbs when police brought him into the hospital.
The couple had 6 children, all of whom have been removed from their care.
As police searched the house, they noticed that the kitchen has surveillance technology in it, so the parents could make sure the child would not sneak any kind of food during his punishments.
Authorities also learned that the seven children shared two bedrooms, with one equipped with a door alarm and the other with a padlock.
“It was deemed that the door alarm was used to keep the victim child confined to the bedroom for extended periods of time as punishment,” authorities told WXIN.
Parsley reportedly tried to flee the home on foot when an arrest warrant was issued, but was quickly apprehended.
The other six children living in the home were also taken into custody by the Department of Child Services after the arrests.
“Will never understand child abuse — or any other kind of abuse — especially by one’s parents,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page. “Who raised these two adults? Why would they abuse a child? Is it because they did not want to be bothered? Are they so selfious that they are the center of the world and nothing else matters? God I pray that you grant healing and embrace these children with your love.
“It is so sad that parents would do this to their own child!!!” another wrote. “Obviously they are not normal, probably deranged, druggies, and no mental capacity! they first need consequences, then whatever else! I pray this child survives and finds a good and loving home!”
“I wouldn’t insult the parents of this world by calling these two parents,” another reader commented. “That they are not. They are vile people, who unfortunately we’re allowed to breed the children they tortured. Hopefully all the children will find someone to love them and let them be children. Heavenly Father please look after these special children.”