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Police Investigate Undernourished Child Barricaded in Bedroom

Police Investigate Undernourished Child Barricaded in Bedroom

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(South Ogden-AP) -- South Ogden police say a child-abuse investigation is under way following discovery that a severely undernourished three-year-old girl was living barricaded in her bedroom, surrounded by garbage and fecal matter, police said.

Police Lieutenant Darin Parke said the child has been removed from the home and is in the state's custody.

The case is being reviewed by the Weber County Attorney's Office.

Parke said the girl was forced to stay in her bedroom constantly and her mother and father, ages 29 and 26 respectively, slid furniture against the door to ensure she couldn't leave the room.

He said the couple gave her meager portions of food and made her eat in her bedroom, leaving the remnants there.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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