A Florida couple is facing multiple felony charges of extreme child abuse and neglect of their three children.
The Department of Children and Families notified police detectives in Sarasota, Florida, on Jan. 7 of child abuse allegations against parents Kimberly Haygood, 27, and Anthony Jones, 30, according to a Jan. 11 press release from the Sarasota Police Department. The pair is accused of starving and beating their 4-year-old twins and 6-year-old son. The twins are a boy and a girl.
Police noted that all three children were “extremely malnourished and dehydrated,” and numerous scars and markings allegedly stemming from abuse were found on the two boys.
"The sight of the 4-year-old boy took my breath away,” Det. Megan Buck said in the press release. “My description of him when I saw him was that he looked like a skeleton. His body was skin and bones. He has no hair because of lack of nutrients. He has a skin rash and marks from the lack of nutrients. He is nonverbal and cannot talk."
"These children we don't believe were fed at any point in their lives up until this point," Genevieve Judge, spokeswoman of the Sarasota Police Department, said, according to Bay News 9. "Detectives have been working with doctors at All Children's [Hospital], and we don't even believe they know how to chew food."
During the medical examination, it was discovered the 4-year-old girl weighed 26 pounds and her twin brother weighed 22 pounds, which is the average weight for an 11-month-old baby.
"It's definitely off the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] growth chart," Karen Kolega, nursing director of Women and Children's Clinical Practice at Manatee Memorial Hospital, told Bay News 9. "It's less than 0 percent for that age group, which is normally 29 to 42 pounds for a 4-year-old boy."
Although the 4-year-old girl had been released from the hospital and taken to a foster home, she was later re-admitted because she would not eat or drink.
The 6-year-old boy said he only ate when at school. He reportedly told DCF that he and the other children were beaten with a belt, and the twins were beaten when they defecate in their pants.
Haygood and Jones are each facing five felony counts, including aggravated child abuse and great bodily harm due to child neglect, according to the police department's press release. Additional charges are pending, and neither parents are allowed to have contact with the victims.