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Parents accused of slowly starving to death 11-year-old boy

Johnathan Ramsey, 11-year-old boy given minimal water and bread by parents, succumbed to starvation

Johnathan Ramsey, 11, died of starvation as punishment issued by his father and stepmother. Family photo.

Dallas County, Texas police are accusing a father and step-mother of systematically starving an 11-year-old boy to death, giving him rations of water and bread only. Police went to Aaron Ramsey, the boy’s father, last Friday after the boy, Johnathan Ramsey, was reported missing by his grandfather who had not been able to get in contact with him in over 9 months.

Police say that upon questioning and pressing the couple on Johnathan’s whereabouts, Aaron Ramsey admitted he locked his son in a bedroom and starved him after he allegedly struck his pregnant step-mother, Elizabeth Ramsey, causing her to miscarry triplets. Both parents reportedly admitted to giving the boy “military rations” which weren’t enough to sustain the young boy. His step-mother described the boy as “looking like one of those kids you see on commercials from Africa” and said he wasn’t able to walk at times because he was so frail and weak.

According the IBT, Johnathan’s father also told police that he saw his son eat his own feces because he was so hungry. The step-mother said that the boy once weighed 90 lbs., but weighed only 60 lbs. when he finally died.

The couple has been arrested and charged with felony injury to a child. The charges might be upgraded to murder if police find the remains of the boy. Mr. Ramsey told the police that he moved his son’s body several times, eventually out to the woods. The body has yet to be found or recovered.

Johnathan’s biological mother, Judy Williams, who lives in New Mexico, told the Dallas Morning News that she was unable to get a hold of her son for months and months as well. She said, in her last conversation with him, that he “sounded so sad.” She said he told her that he couldn’t tell her what was wrong because he was afraid he would get in trouble.