Father arrested for starving 10-year-old girl and feeding her raw potato peelsBy Mason White 12:12 PM July 21, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A father was arrested on charges of child abuse after starving his stepdaughter, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
The father starved the 10-year-old girl and made her eat raw potato peels while feeding his own children.
A court heard that the girl was excluded from family meals and became severely malnourished. The girl could have died if the abuse had been allowed to go continue.
One day, the child collapsed and was rushed to a hospital. Her mother promised to feed her everyday pudding and custard if she did not disclose details of her home life.
However, the girl told police everything. The girl’s 32-year-old stepfather, was sentenced to three years in jail after admitting to child abuse at the Manchester Crown Court.
The child’s mother admitted to allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm and was given a 15 month suspended sentence.
According to the police investigation, the father began abusing the girl when he had his own children with the girl’s mother. The girl was warned not to touch her sibling’s toys.