Prosecutor: 5-year-old beaten and starved in Jefferson County


 Prosecutors say a 5-year-old girl in Steubenville was beaten, starved, isolated, and forced to run stairs for wetting the bed.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin says its one of the most horrific child abuse cases she has ever seen.

“They treated her like an animal. They treated her worse than an animal, and it was just worse than disturbing,” said Hanlin.

The little girl was so malnourished, prosecutor Hanlin says, that she was chewing at her own skin and fingernails. 

Her father, 29-year-old Charles Perry Jones, has been indicted on six counts of felony child endangerment, two counts of felonious assault, as-well-as domestic violence. 

“This child was deprived of food. She was not allowed to eat with the other children in the house. She was punished extensively if she had a bed-wetting accident. This man would make her run up and down the stairs at 5-years-old. He would beat her with some sort of stick. He would not allow her to sleep in the room with her siblings. They treated her like an animal. They treated her worse than an animal, and it was just worse than disturbing. I met her as well. She is a beautiful little girl and it is incomprehensible that someone do that to her,” said Hanlin.

All of the children in that home have been placed elsewhere and the little girl’s mother could also be facing charges in the matter.

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