A white couple adopted children from Ghana, then starved the children on purpose. They’ve been sentenced to 2 years probation.
Kenneth Fry, 42, and his wife Kelly were found to have neglected and mistreated 2 African children they adopted. The incident happened in Osceola, Iowa.
The boy, now 11, and the girl, now 10, are reported to have been neglected to the point where they were extremely malnourished.
The children were 8 and 9 in 2018 when they were rescued by social workers.
They were rescued after a neighbor witnessed them locked outside in 15F degree weather and called Child Protective Services.
The female witness, who asked to stay anonymous because Kenny and Kelly are well known in the community, told KCCI:
“They were knocking on the door. It sounded like they were crying, ‘let me in.’ I can’t say exactly what they were saying, but I could hear crying out.”
She said they were locked outside in that weather for at least 45 minutes:
“I just thought, ‘Something is not right. Just knowing it was so cold outside and those poor kids were locked out.”
The children told social workers how they were forced to stay in a room all day.
Investigators found the room had no furniture, and was lined with plastic. Court documents said that buckets were used for toilets and alarms were placed on the doors.
The children told authorities they were forced to eat oatmeal for every meal that they were allowed to eat.
The woman told the reporters:
“I am glad I called that day, I know over the years (the Frys) had the adoptive kids. I just thought it was different how they treated them compared to their own.”
The children are reported to now be thriving in the hands of other relatives.
As part of a plea deal, the couple plead guilty to counts of a dependant person, a class C felony.
The couple has been sentenced to 2 years probation, and 100 hours of community service, and have to pay a fine of $12,500.