HALIFAX, Penn. — Three children were removed from their home in Halifax after being found emaciated and locked in their bedroom for three months, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Police say that Brandi Jene Weyant, 38, and Joshua Ross Weyant, 33, intentionally starved their children because “they did not want them anymore.”
The children, identified as JTW, age 6, SRB, age 5, and HRW, age 4, were found in their home on North River Road on Dec. 16 by police and Dauphin County Children & Youth Services.
Police say the children were frail and extremely thin with bruises all over their bodies. They also allegedly had dirt, animal hair, urine and feces in their clothing and encrusted into their skin, according to police. Police say that they smelled similar to “caged animals.”
A doctor said that when JTW and SRB were admitted to the hospital they were “approaching a dangerous and life threatening condition,” and that if “their conditions remained unchecked for days or even a week [he] is certain that both would have died as a result of the physical abuse and neglect they received in their home.”
JTW had a severe abrasion on his right eye, which he says was caused by his father Joshua throwing him across the floor as a punishment, according to police.
SRB told investigators that her mother Brandi punched her in the face, causing her to lose a tooth, because she was caught drinking tea she found in the home.
The children told police that they were locked in their bedroom at night and that they would pound on the wall for someone to unlock the door and let them go to the bathroom, but that many times they urinated on themselves and the floor. When interviewed by police, Joshua said that she shut the bedroom door because “they would get out a lot and destroy everything.”
Police say that there was no functioning heat source in the children’s room, which had a plywood floor and no furniture or toys. The children told police that they would sleep on small cots and were given a blanket at night. The children said that they were cold and were shivering violently while police were in the home, a CYS worker gave her jacket to the children to keep them warm.
The children complained many times of being hungry while investigators were in the home and said that the last thing that they could remember eating was an apple.
The children were taken from the home and placed into custody of Dauphin County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The Weyants agreed that the children should be taken from the home, according to police.
During an interview with police Brandi said that she was “beyond grateful for investigators showing up at her door and taking the [children] from her home.”
After being taken from the home, the children were taken to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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