An Indiana community was thrust into chaos after a 5-year-old child was rushed to the hospital after it was learned that he was starving to death. Unfortunately, the horrors of the situation were far from over as police would make a second horrid discovery about the child a few days later – and now, two people are behind bars.
It all started with a few anonymous calls to police in Tipton and the local Department of Child Services on June 5th. Just one day later, county officials took custody of the 5-year-old boy belonging to AshLeigh Peach, 30, and Johnathan Parsley, 28.
The child was quickly transported to Riley Hospital for Children, where police say he was treated for severe malnutrition, but things were far from over. At first, doctors didn’t know if they had gotten to the boy in time and thought he might die. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. After 8 long days in the hospital, medical professionals have since announced that he is expected to pull through. Unfortunately, this case doesn’t end there.
There were also 6 other children in the house that would be removed a few days after the little boy as police learned another horrid secret pertaining to Peach and Parsley. According to Fox 59, police executed a search warrant on the family home where they found surveillance equipment used to prevent the children from attempting to sneak food from the kitchen. Officers also found that the 7 children were sharing 2 bedrooms, one of which was armed with an alarm and the other equipped with a padlock system.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, things took an even darker turn when they figured out what the parents had actually been doing. “It was deemed that the door alarm was used to keep the victim child confined to the bedroom for extended periods of time as punishment,” said police. In all, Peach and Parsley had been starving the boy as a punishment, resulting in him teetering on the brink of death. As doctors explained, the child weighed only 32 pounds at the time and was in the 1.9 percentile for weight of children his age.
As Fox 43 reports, once everything was out in the open, arrest warrants were issued for the two horrible parents. Although they tried to flee on foot, they were quickly arrested and have since been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 3 felony.
Luckily, everything in this situation turned out for the best. A child was spared death and his siblings were spared the abuse of their neglectful parents. Even better yet, the heinous adults are locked in a cage, ensuring that they can’t hurt their children anymore. Ironically, Peach and Parsley are now living under the conditions that they subjected their children to as they’re now the ones being forced to live in a room with a lock on it.
There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior, and these parents are about to find that out the hard way. After all, we all know how prisoners deal with people who harm children, and I’m guessing these two punks aren’t going to like it when the shoe is on the other foot.