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Parents locked 5-year-old son in basement and forced him to eat carrots until his skin turned orange

By Mason White 3:06 PM August 27, 2017
Clarissa Anne and Brett Parker Tobiasson
Clarissa Anne and Brett Parker Tobiasson
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) The parents of a young boy were placed behind bars after subjecting him to severe emotional abuse, according to police in Utah.

On Wednesday, detectives with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clarissa Anne Tobiasson, 27, and her husband, Brett Parker Tobiasson, 31, both of Eagle Mountain, on a charge of child abuse.

Police said that they intentionally inflicted serious physical injury on their 5-year-old son.

The charge is a 2nd degree felony.

Bail was set at $10,000 each.

Their arrests came after several months of investigation.

Workers with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) interviewed witnesses and the victim in the case.

Investigators learned that the boy would be locked into a basement room that was about 10 square feet.

The room had no light and had a loose carpet covering the floor.

The boy had only a mattress and a blanket to sleep with.

The room was locked from the outside, and the boy would be kept in there from around 6:30 p.m., and would not be let out until after 6:00 in the morning.

The boy described that he would go to the bathroom while in the room, and put the waste in a hole in a wall so he would not get into trouble.

Investigators also learned that the boy was fed a diet that consisted largely of carrots.

He would be required to eat carrots before every meal, and if he did not finish them within a certain time limit, he would not be allowed to eat anything else.

In another instance, he was disciplined for eating samples at a supermarket when he knew he was supposed to eat carrots before eating anything else.

The boy’s skin had turned orange from eating too many carrots.

The victim was adopted by the suspects as was his 2-year-old brother.

The suspects also have a 2-month-old daughter.

The victim in this case is now in the care of his grandmother.

The 2-year-old boy and the 2-month-old girl are in the custody of DCFS.