Phoenix, Arizona police have arrested a couple accused of starving and beating their two adopted daughters, ages 11 and 13, in an attempt to make them “loving.”
Kimery Lynn Jorg, 53, and her husband Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, are in custody after police made a startling discovery at their home.
"The 13-year-old daughter was put in the backyard in what they call 'deep prison,'" said Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto. "She would live in the backyard. She would be forced to wear a diaper or sometimes not even a diaper. They would have bathroom facilities out there that involved a bucket. She would live out of a tent."
Jacinto went on to say that other punishments included running barefoot in the heat for over an hour, beating them with a wooden paddle, and shaving one of the girl’s hair because she “didn’t deserve hair.” The couple also reportedly made their adopted daughters memorize Bible versus. The punishments were reportedly for lying and stealing, and one of the girls said she was caught stealing food because she was so malnourished.
When the couple was brought in for questioning, Jacinto says that they continued to defend their actions.
"When we brought them in, they again stood by the fact that this was in the best interest of the girls," said Jacinto.
Two other adopted daughters, ages seven and eight, are reportedly safe and were not given the same punishments.
Kimery and Johann Jorg were arrested on Thursday and are facing four counts of child abuse. They each are being held on a $100,000 bond.