HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania couple tried to starve their three children to death because the father no longer wanted them, state police said in charges filed this week.
Police said officers and Dauphin County social workers rescued the emaciated children, girls aged 4 and 5 and a boy aged 6, from their parents on Dec. 16 and took them to a hospital. Details on their current health were not available.
Police identified the parents as Joshua Weyant, 33, and Brandi Weyant, 38, of Halifax, a small town about 21 miles north of the state capital of Harrisburg. According to a police statement, both were charged on Friday afternoon with the same 18 felonies: multiple counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children.
The couple was being held in Dauphin County Prison. It was not immediately clear whether they had a lawyer.