Parents Jailed for Starving Son Down to Just 37lbs

When the electrician first saw him the though he was dead. Tonya and Bryan Ricks’ 16-year-old son lay completely still, swathed in his own urine and feces. He didn’t even flinch when a fly landed on his face. Suffering from up to 12 seizures a day, the boy, whose parents had allowed to waste away to a ghastly 37 lbs. was bedridden, incapable of speech and unable to support his own body weight.

The boy,along with other five children, age six months to ten years, was also taken into custody in 2009. They had rotting teeth, brittle hair and alligator-like skin. They also suffered from viruses, infections, and many of the girls had asthma. When taken from the home, two of the girls were suffering from fevers of more than 100 degrees. One of the girls had a heart condition called ADT, a hole in the heart. The boy suffered from untreated daily seizures, numerous each day. Neither of the children could hold a fork, tie their shoes or even owned a toothbrush.

All children are now in the care of foster parents. The 16-year-old’s faster mother says that he has since gained 60 lbs. though he may never walk again.

Once they were before a judge the Ricks pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness and remorse, neither of which the judge was ready to dole out, nor was their son. Their 16-year-old son wrote a letter asking for a lengthy sentence which was read out to the court on Monday.

“I’m hoping my parents go to jail for a very long time for what they did to me.”

They received a 25-year sentence or just about four years per child.

(Source: Daily Mail)

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