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Okla. boy held captive, starved, regularly burned with cattle prod by parents

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The sheriff in Canadian County, Okla. said that it was one of the worst cases of child abuse he’s ever seen. Sheriff’s deputies in Canadian County rescued four children from a home in El Reno where parents Edward Everett, 28, and Krystal Everett, 32, allegedly had their six-year-old son locked up in a small bare room where he had been neglected, abused and treated “like a wild animal.”

Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, deputies were alerted to the extreme case of child abuse in El Reno, according to a May 17 report from Fox News in Oklahoma City. The caller told deputies that the young boy was being held captive in a small locked room with no furniture where he was being starved by his parents and forced to use a bucket when he needed to go to the bathroom. The caller went on to inform deputies that because the little boy often talked to himself, the parents believed that their young son was possessed by demons.

When authorities arrived at the home, they found the locked room. Upon entering the room, deputies found the little boy inside “wearing only underpants and sitting in a fetal position on an egg-crate style mat.“ Deputies then noticed the bruising covering the little boy’s body, which included “a large bruise on the child's forehead, two black-eyes, and several other bruises, burns, and sores on the child's body.“

The parents initially informed the deputies that all of the boy’s bruises and sores were self-inflicted, which is when the Department of Human Services (DHS) was called to join in the investigation. During the course of their investigation, “a DHS investigator learned the child was fed one meal a day, was tormented and beaten with a leather belt and buckle, was shocked and burned with a cattle prod, and used a plastic apple juice container that was left in to the room to go to the bathroom.”

"This is one of the worse cases of child abuse and neglect I’ve ever seen," said Randall Edwards, Canadian County Sheriff.

KFOR quoted a neighbor, George Heupel, as saying that he was unaware of the abuse and wished that he could have helped. Heupel said that he “wouldn’t even treat my animals that way.” Undersheriff for the Canadian County Sheriff's Office, Chris West, said that “It’s really an outrageous case of child neglect.” West went on to say that deputies have been left troubled with what went down in the Everetts’ El Reno home.

“There was a lot of talk at the Sheriff’s Office this morning,” said West. “On one hand it’s just a terrible terrible thing to happen. You can’t imagine in your wildest dreams finding something like that. Especially if you’re a parent and have your own children.”

The six-year-old boy and the other three young children from the home were all placed under protective custody. The parents were both arrested and taken to Canadian County Jail where the father was booked on charges of Child Abuse and Child Neglect. The mom was booked for Enabling Child Abuse.