Police respond to concerned citizens report that young girl was being severely abused in Washington
A young girl, 10, living with her adoptive family outside of Seattle, Washington, was taken to the Mukilteo, WA Police Station after she was found by police in a state they described as “emaciated”. The police were alerted to a potentially abusive situation when a convenient store clerk called authorities after witnessing the young girl coming in with her adoptive mother exhibiting sunken eyes, visible skeleton protrusions and gashes on her skin. The clerk also claimed the mother was verbally abusive to the girl.
Police followed up and upon seeing the girl, felt she was severely malnourished, although the girl denied she was being abused and insisted her parents were ‘nice’ and ‘fed her a lot’. At the police station, the girl reportedly scarfed down tons of popcorn and pop-tarts and asked for a sandwich. Police also saw what appeared to be a bite wound healing and witnessed grossly exposed ribs. Social workers recommended that the girl be taken into custody and taken to the hospital.
The 10 yr. old was admitted weighting only 51 lbs. Doctors observed ‘severe malnutrition’ as well as evidence of gashed and bruises leading them to believe that she had been beaten. The girl had only been with her adoptive parents for about a year.
The couple facing charges for child abuse have been investigated for like crimes in the past. They were also investigated for child abuse in 2009 when a 16 year old boy pleaded with authorities not to return him to the home because of the severe abuse he had to endure there. Although the couple admitted that they fed the boy only slop and made him sleep in a tent in the backyard, the court returned the boy to the couple anyway.