A U.S couple adopted two siblings from Ghana only to maltreat them horribly.
Kenny and Kelly Fry of Osceola, Iowa, were arrested and tried for their treatment of the kids.
The couple already had five kids when they decided to adopt the two siblings, a boy and girl aged 9 and 10 years respectively from Ghana.
However, for some reason only known to them, they treated the Ghanaian kids horribly whilst treating their own kids normally.
According to Metro UK, the horrible treatment included having the two live in a small bedroom only furnished with a small plastic mat, blanket and a bucket for them to use as a toilet.
They were also reportedly fed poorly, leaving the two horribly malnourished. They told social workers that on some days they were forced to eat oats for breakfast, lunch and supper.
The girl grew a ‘kwashiorkor’ like belly due to malnutrition whilst her brother looked very smallish for someone his age.
After two years of hell, the siblings were rescued after a neighbour called social services on the couple.
The two kids were locked outside the house during winter, with the weather at a chilly -9° Celsius, forcing a neighbour who saw them to call the authorities.
“They were knocking on the door. It sounded like they were crying, ‘Let me in’,” the neighbour said.
“I can’t say exactly what they were saying, but I could hear crying out. I just thought, ‘Something is not right’, just knowing it was so cold outside and those poor kids were locked out.”
Luckily social workers arrived and took the children away, and the parents were tried for maltreating the kids beyond any reasonable measure.
The children told social workers about more maltreatment, including having an alarm on their room which goes off if they leave and being forced to perform squat and push-up exercises as punishment.
Facing serious felony charges, the couple struck a plea deal with prosecutors, admitting two counts of child endangerment in exchange for two years probation, 100 hours of community service and a fine of $12,500.
The children are now receiving proper care and are said to be doing well.