Trish and Jesse Piatt are now facing charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect in Tennessee after officials learned of the horrible way they were treating a 9-year-old girl. The child was forced to drink out of the toilet and sleep in the bathtub and was often denied food.
She was typically served a meal of dry ramen noodles or a hot dog roll while the rest of the family was given means like spaghetti. When she wasn’t sleeping in the bathtub, she was locked outside where she would try to sleep without even a blanket for comfort. At school, she tried to steal food from teachers in a desperate attempt to eat something that would fill her stomach.
The little girl was always dirty and unkempt, her shoes much too big for her and her clothes ragged and filthy. She hadn’t brushed her teeth in a year. Her head had been shaved in one spot by Trish who used it to punish her when she ‘misbehaved.’ When questioned, Jesse said that he believed the child to be mentally ill and wanted her sent away out of a fear that she would kill them while they slept.
Since being removed from their care, the little girl, now 10-years-old, has become a happy and normal child. She loves sleeping in a comfortable bed at night. She’s gained weight and her hair has grown back. You wouldn’t know from looking at her that she suffered some truly atrocious abuse. Hopefully, justice will soon be served and she will never have to fear again.
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