Boy, 11, ‘starved to death in locked bedroom by father and stepmother before they dumped his body in storm shelter’
A boy was slowly starved to death by his parents as a punishment for bad behaviour, police have said.
Johnathan Ramsey, 11, had not been seen for at least nine months after allegedly being locked in his bedroom by his father and stepmother and restricted to a diet of bread and water.
According to police, his weight fell from 90 to 60 pounds at the family’s home in Dallas, Texas, leaving the young boy unable to walk and eventually leading to his death.
Last August, Ramsey found his son unresponsive on the floor of his bedroom.
After questioning the parents and an extensive search, the child’s body was found wrapped in a sleeping bag in an abandoned storm shelter, where he had reportedly been dumped by his father.
His father Aaron Ramsey, 34 and 31-year-old stepmother Elizabeth have been charged with first-degree felony of injury to a child and were in custody last night on $500,000 bond.
Police began looking for the boy on Friday after receiving a worried call from Johnathan’s grandfather, according to Fox.
The boy’s mother, who lives in New Mexico, had also tried to get in touch with her son but was always told by his father that he wasn’t available to talk.
Ramsey told police his son had violent episodes and claimed that the child punched his stepmother so hard in the stomach that she had a miscarriage, according to Dallas Morning News. Source: Dailymail