Police: Foster parents in custody after boys found tied to bed in dark room, denied water
(KUTV) A Roy, Utah, couple was taken into police custody Sunday night on felony child abuse charges following an investigation regarding their foster children.
Police responded to a child neglect complaint made through the Division of Child and Family Services on March 23.
The parents had tied three boys between the ages of 7 and 11 to the bed using zip-ties, police said. The parents would lock them in a bedroom and not allow them water after 2 p.m. and would duct-tape the children's mouths and hands, authorities say.
Police reported the parents also locked the boys in their room, which had no light bulb. The window was painted black and screwed shut, investigators added.
The children had no bedding and were wearing diapers. Officials added that the parents were disciplining the boys by forcing them to eat rice that had too much salt and cayenne pepper added. Police added the parents had screwed the windows shut after the boys had allegedly escaped the house to go dumpster diving for food.
According to a nurse practitioner, the boys were underweight.
Police said the three boys and a young girl, who appeared not to have been abused and lived in a separate room from the boys, were taken into protective custody.