Sarasota parents facing child abuse charges

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 08:20:08-05

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A Sarasota mother and father have been arrested after police say authorities discovered the parents were beating and not feeding their three children.

In a statement, the Sarasota Police Department tells media outlets that 27-year-old Kimberly Haygood and 30-year-old Anthony Jones are each charged with five felony counts involving child abuse and child neglect.

Authorities say the Department of Children and Families contacted police about a child abuse case they were investigating Thursday. Police say they found that a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, were all extremely malnourished and dehydrated.

Haygood and Jones are being held on bond. It isn't immediately clear if they have attorneys.

Police say additional charges for both Haygood and Jones are pending.

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