by Dan Savage
on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM
This one's close to home:
A Longview couple was arrested Thursday after a two month investigation found they were severely neglecting and starving their five adopted children, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock were booked into jail without bail.... The children told detectives their adoptive parents put an alarm in the kitchen that went off if the children went to get food. They were hit with a wooden board if they did. The 13-year-old boy said he was beaten on the buttocks to the point blood would flow down his leg.
The 13-year-old boy weighed just 49 pounds when he was rescued. KOMO got a quote from a neighbor:
“These people are wonderful people,” said Warren Bertold. “They’re terrific, Christian people."