Starving teen kept in Oklahoma barn

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An Oklahoma father and stepmother are facing charges after a 15-year-old boy was found starving and abused inside their barn.

The boy’s father, Jimmy Jones, was arrested on child abuse and neglect charges. Jones’s wife and stepsons were also arrested for child neglect.

“From the outside, you would never suspect something was going on,” said Adam Panter, Lincoln County assistant district attorney.

The teen weighed only 80 pounds, and he didn’t even look 15.

“About a month ago, we were just working on the fence and a little boy came up. We thought he was an 8-year-old, really scrawny, real short, you know, barefoot,” neighbor Zach Guy said.

Guy remembers seeing the victim again, this time, with injuries.

“Little while later, we saw him come up, bruise on his head. We thought maybe he got into an accident in the barn,” Guy said.

Investigators said the teen told them the head wound was from his dad, and he never received medical attention.

“At one point, his father had pulled maggots out of him and superglue it shut, telling him that doctor’s were too expensive to take him to,” assistant District Attorney Adam Panter said.
 

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