CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT Elkins Couple Face Felony Charges After Allegedly Making 5-Year Old Swallow Pepper
Reported by: Associated Press
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Reported: Mar. 28, 2012 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 28, 2012 10:43 AM EDT
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, West Virginia
An Elkins couple accused of forcing a 5-year old boy to swallow more than a tablespoon of pepper, now face felony child abuse and neglect charges.
36-year old Tina Carver is charged with two counts, while 40-year old Larry Neil Carver faces one.
The Associated Press reports the boy began choking earlier this month and went into full respiratory failure. He was on life support, but once he recovered, told authorities that he had been forced to eat his own feces and suck urine from a diaper because he was hungry and thirsty.
The Carvers were free on bond Tuesday. Their attorneys predict the couple will be exonerated.