A Des Monies, Iowa, teen was found dead from a heart attack brought on by starvation, lying on a linoleum floor in a bedroom and wearing an adult diaper.
Natalie Finn "appeared to have been laying on the floor...in her own waste for some time" when police found her in October of 2016, Detective Chris Morgan stated in an affidavit. The 16-year-old reportedly smelled of human and animal waste and was surrounded by urine-soaked blankets in the empty bedroom where she was found.
"Many animals roamed freely, including well over a dozen kittens and cats," Morgan said, the Des Moines Register reported. "There were numerous kennels with dogs scattered inside the residence."
The details of Natalie's death were recently made public after a judge's order to keep the search warrant under seal expired. The girl's mother, 42-year-old Nicole Finn, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the death of her daughter.
She was also charged for the treatment of Natalie's 15-year-old brother and 14-year-old sister, both of whom survived but were found to be underweight and covered in bedsores. Another sibling also survived, and all three were adopted.
Finn's ex-husband, Joseph Finn, was also arrested on kidnapping, neglect and child endangerment charges.
"What happened to not only Natalie but her siblings was preventable," Senator Matt McCoy told the Register after receiving a confidential briefing on the girl's case.
Child protective workers previously visited the family's home and determined that although Natalie was underweight, she seemed to have made the choice herself not to eat.
Upon discovery of the dying teen, however, police found that Finn kept her children inside her home against their will, tortured and starved them - even boarding up the windows of the home to stop them from escaping.
Many readers expressed their desire to see the parents punished to the fullest extent of the law.
"These two no count pieces of trash need to be boarded up in prison for the rest of there lives !!!! Their miserable lives !!! How could anybody be so out right mean to kids and the they were probably treated bad when they were kids is crap !!! I grew up in a not so nice place myself and vowed to myself to never be that way !!! Thank God I wasn't !!!" one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"Punishment should be an eye for an eye for abuse and murder of children and animals! Neither are capable of defending themselves and are at the mercy of their abusers! That poor innocent girl must have suffered terribly!" another added.