How Joshua Weyant and Brandi Weyant a Dauphin County Pennsylvania couple conspired to starve their three infant children, after no longer wanting them.
Joshua Weyant, 33 and Brandi Weyant, 38, of Halifax Township were on Friday arrested after allegedly beating and neglecting their three infant children, ages, 4, 5 and 6.
Upon their arrest, the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania couple were charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children.
Pennsylvania State Police and Dauphin County Children and Youth Services found the couple’s children, aged, four, five and six, in extremely poor physical health on December 16 after receiving a report of suspected child abuse.
According to court documents obtained by Penn Live the four- and five-year-old girls and the six-year-old boy, appeared emaciated and weak, weighing under 30lb, along with suffering from severe abrasions and bruises.
Court transcripts told of two the children being less than a week away from death.
The four-year-old weighed 26lb, the five-year-old weighed 23lb and the six-year-old weight 27.3lb.
According to police, Joshua Ross Weyant and Brandi Jene Weyant conspired to starve their children because their father no longer wanted to care for them.
A report via FOX 43 cited investigators saying that the starvation began in September and the children were not adequately cared for for several months.
The children told investigators that during long periods of cold weather they were locked in a bedroom with no heat.
They also said they were starved for stretches of time and violently assaulted by their parents.
The three young kids were taken to the Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center and treated for pediatric emergency care.
Investigators said they were found covered in live, and needed ‘advanced medical treatment’ upon arrival at the hospital.
Reiterated police: ‘The victims were infested with lice so severe that the children screamed when the lice were physically removed from their bodies by medical personnel and investigators,’
The children are now in the hands of Children and Youth Services.
Yet to be understood is why Joshua and Brandi Weyant declined seeking social services or why for that matter the parents as a last resort didn’t seek to place the children in the care of authorities? Or whether that option was ever afforded them?
Joshua and Brandi Weyant are each being held at Dauphin County Prison on a $1million bail.
The parents are due in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2.