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When Parents Locked Children Away In Room To Die, No One Even Noticed They Were Missing For Months

Details about a horrific case of child abuse in 2016 are finally emerging, but the more details that come out, the more questions they raise. A man and a woman were arrested for locking three young children away in a bedroom and leaving them there to die.

Questions abound, such as who the children belonged to and how no one else living in the neighborhood, or in the house, noticed their absence.

In December 2016, police got a call from a counselor asking them to conduct a wellness check on three kids in one family home. Since September, no one had seen the children; they had not been to school, or out to play in the backyard as usual.

Police found the house was disgusting and that there was no heat. Upon looking around, they discovered a room with a number of locks on the outside.

When they opened the door they found three children, emaciated to the point that they were near death.

Two girls, ages four and five, and a six-year-old boy had suffered from extreme neglect. They were covered with lice, in a cold room that had no heat, and smelled like 'caged animals', according to police.

The kids had been urinating and defecating in the small room because they were not ever let out to do so. The boy had a severe abrasion above his right eye, and all the kids suffered from bruises and scratches.

The youngest girl was non-verbal, and she was so depleted of fat that her body couldn't hold her internal organs in place. She was close to organ collapse.

The adults in charge, 33-year-old Joshua Weyant and 38-year-old Brandi Weyant, were arrested. Brandi told investigators that Joshua had returned after serving a prison sentence earlier that year and didn't want the children anymore.

She said she pleaded with him to just give the kids away, but he was determined to lock them up and leave them to die.

"Brandi began to cry and agreed that once the children began to look as they do now, she couldn't leave the house with them and she agreed that the world couldn't see them as they are," said an affidavit.

There was another child in the house, a 17-year-old, who was unharmed. Brandi said she went against his wishes and occasionally snuck food up to the kids.

She believes that the 17-year-old might have been doing the same thing. Brandi won’t get off easy, though, because she didn’t report the abuse to authorities.

Both the Weyant adults were charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child, false imprisonment and unlawful restraint. They’re each being held on $1 million bail.

Another man and his fiancé, who rented the garage room from the couple, say they didn't know the children were locked away in the room up there. The neighbors did not inquire or make any reports about the children suddenly being gone.

The school did not report the absences because all the kids were under 8 years old, the age of compulsory attendance in Pennsylvania. Even the landlord, who occasionally inspected the home, says she didn’t know where the kids had gone, and that she had no idea they were locked away in the house.

It's unclear who the children even belong to, or how they came into the custody of the Weyants. Brandi says the oldest girl came to live with them when she was 18 months old, and that the other children came to live with them in January of 2013.

Two of the children have been placed in foster care with a medical professional who is helping them recover while the third is still in the hospital.

Source: PennLive, Mommy Page
Photo: James Robinson, PennLive

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