Dallas police have arrested a father and stepmother for allegedly starving their son to death almost a year ago.
Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey were arrested on charges of felony injury to a child in the death of missing 11-year-old Johnathan Ramsey, the Associated Press reported.
Aaron Ramsey told police that he saw his son "eat his own feces" out of desperation, according to the Dallas Observer.
The father admitted to starving his son and dumping the body in Ellis County, Texas, police records show.
The Ramseys locked Johnathan in his room after he allegedly hit Elizabeth in the stomach while she was pregnant, causing her to suffer a miscarriage, his father claimed. According to police documents quoted by the International Business Times, the boy's weight dropped from 90 pounds to a mere 60 on the "military rations" of bread and water dished out as punishment for his "violent episodes."
Johnathan's grandfather, Edward Ramsey, alerted police that the boy had been missing, WFAA reported. The grandfather's call came after nearly nine months of getting no response to birthday presents and repeated excuses from his son about his grandson's whereabouts, according to the International Business Times. The paper reported that the boy's mother, a resident of New Mexico, experienced similar problems getting in touch with her son, saying that Aaron Ramsey lied repeatedly on the phone about the boy's condition and location when she called.
Aaron and Elizabeth Ramsey are being held on $500,000 bond each, according to the AP.
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