Last month, a U.S. Marine and his wife living at Camp Lejuene went to court concerning the suspected child abuse and neglect of 5 children. The children, ranging in age from 18-months to 6-years old, were from both parents’ previous marriages.
The woman’s ex-husband and the biological father of 3 of the children first reported suspected abuse to Onslow County officers after receiving a call from his ex-wife. He told officials that in the background of the phone call he could hear one of his children crying in the background. The child told him that his Marine stepfather had restrained him and duct taped his mouth shut.
The children were removed from the home and held in foster care after the parents’ arrest. Investigators found the children were extremely malnourished from food deprivation. In addition, reports indicate that the 5 children were not bathed frequently enough, causing them to develop sores.
The father says he hopes to gain custody of his 3 children. Reports do not indicate if the other 2 children could return to the custody of their biological mother.
To learn more about what to do if you suspect a child is being neglected or abused at home, contact the North Carolina child abuse lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 today.