UPDATE — WCCB Charlotte has obtained arrest warrants for the people accused of starving four East Charlotte children.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A father tells the heartbreaking story of finding his children near death from starvation. The mother of those children is in jail accused of committing the heinous crime.
The children’s father Joshua Bell, who only talked with WCCB from his home in Florida, telling us about the abuse his children lived through and also bringing attention to the fact that this happened in our communities.
Bell said that they had to eat raw food, if they ate and eating crumbs off the carpet when there was no food. And if they ate without permission, he says their mother would beat them. He said that they were locked in a room for almost a year where they were unable to get out.
Bell said he did notice some red flags. When he talked with his children on the phone they were very quite when their mother was around.
He had not seen the children for two years until his estranged wife showed up at his Florida home with them on September 6th. ” I am so happy to see my kids, but as soon as I get out the car I see clothes just very baggy, like extremely baggy and I’m getting up on them and their faces are sunk in and they are very, very skinny. It hurt my heart.” said Bell.
Bell took the four children to the hospital where he learned they were severely malnourished. The two youngest children were in intensive care for a week, took 2 weeks to hold down food. For now the kids are recovering and Bell is trying to make their lives as normal as possible.
Ronika Bell and the man she lived with Deron Cutherbetson have been charged with felony child abuse
**The father gave WCCB full permission to use photos of the children.
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